The Royal Opera House announces Live from Covent Garden, Saturday 27 June

The Royal Opera House is delighted to continue its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme of online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights, created for audiences across the globe.

As we look forward to the second in the series of three Live from Covent Garden concerts this Saturday, the Royal Opera House is proud to announce the programming for the third concert on Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm BST, broadcast live via the ROH website from its world-famous Covent Garden home.

A celebration of especially curated ballet and opera, the Live from Covent Garden concerts are the first live performances from the Royal Opera House since the building closed its doors to the public on 17 March. Join us behind the scenes as we open our theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers, direct from our house to your house.

The third concert will be hosted by Katie Derham and The Royal Opera’s Music Director, Antonio Pappano, joined by soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Singers from the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists programme, will present work from George Frideric Handel, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, George Gershwin and more. The Jette Parker Young Artists will include Andrés Presno, Filipe Manu, Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, Stephanie Wake-Edwards, Patrick Milne and Edmund Whitehead, and Link Artist Blaise Malaba.

First Soloists of The Royal Ballet Fumi Kaneko and Reece Clarke will perform the lyrical central pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. Created in 1966, Concerto is set to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no.2 in F. MacMillan was inspired to choreograph the concerto’s slow movement after observing Royal Ballet dancer Lynn Seymour warming up at the barre, resulting in a deeply romantic and atmospheric pas de deux. This will be the first time that Kaneko and Clarke have performed this duet together. Royal Ballet pianist Kate Shipway together with soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera will accompany the dancers.

Principal Matthew Ball and First Soloist Mayara Magri will perform a pas de deux from Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. First created for San Francisco Ballet, Within the Golden Hour has been part of The Royal Ballet’s repertory since 2016 and was last performed by the Company as part of the 2018/19 Season. Music Director of The Royal Ballet Koen Kessels conducts.

The concert on Saturday 27 June will be available to view live and on demand for 14 days via the Royal Opera House website for £4.99 per household.

ROH also presents the next in the Friday Premiere series of free online broadcasts, with Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works on Friday 26 June at 7pm BST. In 2015, Woolf Works was Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s first full length work for The Royal Ballet, and received outstanding critical acclaim, going on to win the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

The triptych of ballets takes inspiration from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves as well as her letters, essays and diaries. Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri returned to The Royal Ballet in 2015 to create the role of Woolf, for which she was awarded the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Female Dancer, as well as an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. The ballet also features Sarah Lamb, Natalia Osipova, Akane Takada, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Francesca Hayward, Federico Bonelli, Steven McRae, Edward Watson, Gary Avis, Tristan Dyer and Paul Kay. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Music Director of The Royal Ballet Koen Kessels.

The Royal Opera House’s Create and Learn series continues to offer free resources for families around the globe to explore the magical world of theatre from home. This week our virtual classroom invites children and young people to make their own Magic Flute, inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute, broadcast as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse programme on Friday 19 June.

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