The 2020 Royal Opera House Cinema Season:
The Royal Ballet – Recorded in 2016
Global screening date: 20 October
Starring: Marianela Nunez, Vadim Muntagirov
Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Production: Peter Wright
The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.
The peasant girl Giselle discovers the true identity of her lover Albrecht – and that he is promised to another.
Giselle kills herself. Her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – shades of young women who died before their wedding day. All men that come across their path are compelled to dance themselves to death, and Albrecht falls into their trap. Giselle’s intercession saves Albrecht and releases her soul from the Wilis’ power.
Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Giselle’s essence has remained the same through many different productions in well over a century of continuous performance. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.
The role of Giselle provides the dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second, ‘white’ act plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.
Celebrate classic Royal Opera House productions this Autumn in cinemas across the globe
Today the Royal Opera House is excited to announce its Autumn Winter 2020 Cinema Season, broadcasting four opera and ballet favourites to cinemas across the globe in collaboration with event cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing.
The Season opens on 20 October with The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and a love that transcends death. Recorded in 2016, this much-loved classical ballet stars Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov. Looking ahead to 10 December, The Nutcracker, also recorded in 2016, makes a welcome return to cinema screens. Peter Wright’s spectacular production has been enchanting children and adults since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. This performance features Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.
In November, the Royal Opera’s much-loved productions – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Macbeth make a return to the big screen. Manon Lescaut premiered in 1893 and was Puccini’s first major triumph, this production by Jonathan Kent from 2014 is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman and Kristine Opolais. Verdi’s Macbeth is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy and is conducted by Antonio Pappano. The magnificent cast includes Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and was recorded in 2018.
The Royal Opera House global cinema season offers audiences the best seat in the house exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and close-ups of performers.
About the Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House wants to give everyone access to exceptional ballet and opera. As The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, we bring together the world’s most extraordinary artists in more than 500 performances every year on our two stages.
Across the 2018/19 Season we welcomed more than one million people through our doors as ticketholders, participants in our programme of free and ticketed daytime events, and as visitors to our bars, cafes, restaurants and shop. A further one million people enjoyed our work in cinemas, at free screenings and through streamed and televised performances up and down the UK. Our ongoing partnership with the BBC saw 11 of our productions broadcast across their platforms last Season.
During the 2018/19 Season our three flagship ROH learning programmes – Create and Sing, Create and Dance and Design and Make – supported teachers from 1,394 schools, 81% of which were outside London, bringing arts to children and young people the length and breadth of the country.