Royal Opera House is streaming free ballet and opera online during coronavirus outbreak

23 March 2020, 12:55 | Updated: 25 March 2020, 12:10

The Royal Ballet performs Swan Lake at The Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Ballet performs Swan Lake at The Royal Opera House, London. Picture: The Royal Opera House

By Helena Asprou

As well as streaming opera and ballet performances, the iconic London venue will be offering behind-the-scenes looks behind its closed doors.

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will be launching a programme of online shows and masterclasses, following the coronavirus outbreak.

The news comes as London’s famous opera house is just one of the music institutions to be affected by COVID-19, with many of its upcoming productions now forced to be cancelled or postponed.

Live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube, virtual performances will include appearances from some of the industry’s most talented ballet dancers and opera singers – and they’re all completely free.

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A scene from Swan Lake at The Royal Opera House
A scene from Swan Lake at The Royal Opera House. Picture: The Royal Opera House

The iconic venue has previously staged some of the classical world’s best-loved works – including Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Now, its online programme will see productions such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Verdi’s La Traviata hit people’s screens.

In addition to its virtual performances, the Royal Opera House will also be offering viewers behind-the-scenes looks behind its closed doors.

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Live broadcasts will commence this week on 27 March, before becoming available on demand, with The Royal Ballet’s 2010 production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf the first to be performed online.

Other performances scheduled include Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, on 3 April, Mozart’s Così fan tutte on 10 April and ballet The Metamorphosis on 17 April, with more to be announced.