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This was one of the best Le Nozze di Figaro I’ve seen. Voices were all glorious, acted superbly, and music by Sir Gardiner made me emotional. I bought another ticket to see it again during interval #ROHFigaro

— Yuna Richards (@yu_richards) June 29, 2019

A fabulous night at the opera - the opening night of #ROHFigaro this season was an utter delight. So much wonderful music in one place ! Thank you @TheRoyalOpera pic.twitter.com/l5GzZHLZ1L

— Stewart Irvine (@stewart_irvine) June 29, 2019

Very hot last night at #rohfigaro but Mozart transcends any discomfort. Loved having a countertenor Cherubino!

— Simon Leeson (@SimonLeeson1) June 30, 2019

I'm at the opera tonight watching Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and oh my goodness it is hilarious.

— Katie Carter (@katiethecarter) June 30, 2019

Rapturous applause for @kangminjkim after each of his two Cherubino arias in #ROHfigaro opening night!

— Skate Art Guy (@SkateArtGuy) June 29, 2019

Enjoying #ROHFigaro dress today, very entertaining production! @RoyalOperaHouse #london #opera

— Samantha Hay (@SamSamhay) June 27, 2019

Press reviews:

The Telegraph ★★★★

More press reviews will be added in due course.

What did you think of The Marriage of Figaro?
Share your reviews via the comments below, or by using #ROHfigaro.

The Marriage of Figaro runs until 29 June 2019. Tickets are available here.

The Marriage of Figaro will also be relayed in free outdoor screenings across the UK on 9 July. Find your nearest screen here.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Production Principal Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

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The Marriage of Figaro LIVE from The Royal Opera trailer - YouTube

On 9 July 2019, The Royal Opera's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro will be livestreamed for free from 6.30pm BST via the Royal Opera House's Facebook and YouTube pages as well as OperaVision.

The livestream is part of BP Big Screens, which offers UK audiences the chance to experience free culture on their doorstep with free outdoor relays of productions from Covent Garden to parks and squares around the UK.

Mozart's great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness stars Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as the clever Figaro and his aristocratic master.

The operas's score is packed full of wonderful music covering a huge range of emotions and for this production, director David McVicar sets the action in a château in 1830 on the eve of France's second revolution, exploring political and class conflicts, but also maintaining Mozart and librettist Da Ponte's humanity and wit.

Watch live from 6.30pm on 9 July:

The Marriage of Figaro LIVE from The Royal Opera - YouTube
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Spectacular (and very different) #ROHcarmen - dramatic, sensual and almost burlesque. Julia Jones is superb! Michaela @ailynperezsop singing is gorgeous, pure and sublime.@lucapisaroni is a sumptuous Escamillo. Anaik Morel & Brian Hymel were great. @ROHchorus were to die for pic.twitter.com/gbQGyLCQtT

— Achyuta Nori #FBPE (@AchyutaNori) June 22, 2019

It's five red hot stars from me for Carmen @RoyalOperaHouse. It's big, it's brassy, and it's perfect for first-timers (take the teens). Thanks @lululoveslondon for inviting me to be your opera buddy today. | #opera #london #ROHcarmen pic.twitter.com/pQmU29cugi

— Diary of a Londoness (@ScarlettRoitman) June 22, 2019

#ROHcarmen it's a much maligned production but if you have a great cast it works really well. I enjoyed that a lot. pic.twitter.com/Fm72ggjCQa

— Robert Billingham (@bosoko) June 22, 2019

breathtaking Carmen at the Royal Opera House - really enjoyed the vaudevillesque set design ???????????? | #rohcarmen #opera #summer #carmen #bizet #merimee #london #vscocam #vsco #royaloperahouse #vaudeville @ Royal Opera… https://t.co/gMNyKNwXk4

— Miguel Fernandes (@MiguelFernanx2) June 22, 2019

Bravi belli di #ROHCarmen! Another night vindicating my multiple-performances-by-the-same-cast habit. All the best for the rest of the run; see you again on Friday pic.twitter.com/wUXN6z7Zkh

— Shiru Lim (@halbsoschlimm) June 24, 2019

Just in from seeing the most extraordinary production of Carmen at The Royal Opera House where most of the action takes place on this giant staircase!! pic.twitter.com/qIlWHlNvSX

— Valerie Leon (@thevalerieleon) June 24, 2019

To @RoyalOperaHouse for #ROHcarmen - fab voices, esp @BRYANHYMEL & @ailynperezsop. Orch top notch under Julia Jones. But OMG WTF with the ‘design’ ?! How to kill a production stone dead with a big non-idea. Total disaster. Bizet must be turning in his urn. Eyes closed to enjoy.

— Jonathan Izard (@jonathanizard) June 24, 2019

Another light touch and plenty of pizzazz tonight - Kosky's production and version will always divide people - I love it - but Julia Jones brings it stylishly to life #ROHcarmen pic.twitter.com/2WgQQGmNgM

— Ed Beveridge (@dredbeveridge) June 24, 2019

What can I say, I love the production!! ???? #ROHcarmen pic.twitter.com/swZ3naEm00

— Elisabeth Schwarz (@bachsheirswaltz) June 24, 2019

Press reviews will be added in due course.

What did you think of Carmen?
Let us know via the comments below or by using #ROHcarmen

Carmen runs until 20 July 2019. Tickets are still available.

The opera will be relayed to BP Big Screens around the UK and livestreamed online on 2 July 2019.

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Magnificent performance tonight by @Bryn_Terfel in Boris Godunov. Loved every minute! #opera pic.twitter.com/TB2WWvEcbf

— Victoria Barker (@Tor_Barker) June 19, 2019

To mark the end of his A levels, took my eldest son to @RoyalOperaHouse this evening to see his hero @Bryn_Terfel in Boris Godunóv #ROHboris and what a great and powerful performance! Thanks to all involved.

— Jo Rice (@JoRice49) June 19, 2019

A moving and authentic #ROHBoris opera tonight. @Bryn_Terfel superb in the title role. pic.twitter.com/OwNBy9gj38

— Mark R Richards (@MarkRRichards2) June 19, 2019

Amazing and tremendous #BorisGodunov premiere yesterday at #ROH with incredible singing by @roseandfriends @Bryn_Terfel and rest of cast. What a great evening! pic.twitter.com/JY9bLIIhJ1

— EliseCaluwaerts (@CaluwaertsElise) June 20, 2019

A fantastic night @RoyalOperaHouse last night #BorisGodunov. Of course, a couple of surtitles were politically bang up to date (!) but the cast was superb, led by @brynterfel singing as well as I’ve ever heard. #shiversdownthespine

— duettist96 (@berendina7) June 20, 2019

A bit of heavy Russian bass thundering to suit the weather#ROHBoris pic.twitter.com/eXKt0y2mhJ

— amalas (@MilymeterA) June 19, 2019

Press reviews:

Culture Whisper ★★★★★
Arts Desk ★★★★
Bachtrack ★★★

More press reviews will be added in due course.

What did you think of Boris Godunov?
Share your reviews via the comments below, or by using #ROHboris.

Boris Godunov runs until 3 July 2019. Tickets are available here.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Tsukanov Family Foundation.

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On 2 July 2019, The Royal Opera's production of Bizet's Carmen will be livestreamed for free from 6.30pm BST via the Royal Opera House's Facebook and YouTube pages.

The livestream is part of BP Big Screens, which offers UK audiences the chance to experience free culture on their doorstep with free outdoor relays of productions from Covent Garden to parks and squares around the UK.

The Royal Opera's production of Carmen sees award-winning director Barrie Kosky provides a refreshing perspective on this well-known opera. He explores Carmen's ever-changing nature - marked by her series of contrasting costumes - and her vitality through dance. The pre-recorded voice of a narrator (perhaps Carmen herself) ensures that we experience the whole story from her perspective, and the production's unique performing edition (by Michael Rot) offers a chance for audience members to hear music Bizet omitted from the opera's first performances.

Carmen had only lukewarm success at its 1875 premiere - perhaps due to its unconventional subject - but soon became immensely popular, and has remained so. Its glorious score boasts a host of wonderful melodies, including Carmen's sensual Habanera and Seguidilla, Don José's tender Flower Aria and Escamillo's rousing Toreador's Song. There are also passionate duologues, above all the intense, final confrontation between Carmen and Don José.

Watch live from 7pm BST on 2 July 2019:

Bizet's Carmen LIVE from The Royal Opera - YouTube
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The Royal Opera is saddened by the news of the death of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli aged 96.

Zeffirelli grew up in Florence. His art and literature studies at the University of Florence were interrupted by World War II, during which he fought as a partisan and interpreted for the British army. He re-entered university after the war, but gave up his studies after he saw Laurence Olivier’s Henry V and decided on a career in the theatre.

He worked as a scenic painter in Florence, assisted film directors including Luchino Visconti (on La terra trema), Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, and in the 1960s designed and directed his own plays in London and New York.

He began his opera directing career in the 1950s, and made his Royal Opera debut in 1959 directing and designing Lucia di Lammermoor – a production that launched Joan Sutherland’s international career. His Royal Opera production of Tosca opened in 1964, starring his regular collaborator Maria Callas as Tosca, with Renato Cioni (Cavaradossi) and Tito Gobbi (Scarpia), and remained in the Company’s repertory until 2004. Zeffirelli also directed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci(1959), Falstaff (1961), Don Giovanni and Alcina (1962) and Rigoletto and I puritani (1964) for The Royal Opera.

His final production for the Company was Pagliacci (2003), whose cast included Plácido Domingo as Canio, Angela Gheorghiu as Nedda and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Silvio. Zeffirelli also directed opera for the Metropolitan Opera, New York (including a frequently revived La bohème), La Scala, Milan (where his Aida remains in the repertory), Vienna State Opera (including Carmen and La bohème) and many other leading companies across Europe and the USA.

In addition to his opera and theatre directing work, Zeffirelli had a distinguished career in film and television, with his credits including The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), the mini-series Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Endless Love (1981), Hamlet (1990), Jane Eyre (1996) and Tea with Mussolini (1999). He also directed several filmed versions of operas, including BAFTA Award-winning versions of La traviata with Teresa Stratas and Plácido Domingo and Otello with Domingo and Katia Ricciarelli. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in the UK in 2004.

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Principal dancer Nehemiah Kish has announced his decision to retire from The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2018/19 season after nine years with the Company. He will give his last performance on the Royal Opera House stage on Friday 14 June in The Firebird. He will also perform on The Royal Ballet’s tour to Japan in Yokohama in Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams on 30 June and give his final performance with the Company in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling at the Music Center in Los Angeles on 6 July. He will be embarking on a course of postgraduate study in the arts and cultural policy in the autumn at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Born in Michigan, Kish trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2001, where he was promoted to principal in 2005. In 2008, he became a principal of the Royal Danish Ballet, before joining The Royal Ballet as Principal in 2010.

Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’ Hare said, 'Nehemiah has been a wonderful member of the Company and Principal dancer for the past nine years. His elegant presence has been shown to great effect in the danseur noble roles such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. He has brought a keen intelligence to bear on many ballets, notably in the MacMillan repertory including Prince of the Pagodas, Manon and Romeo and Juliet. More recently he has memorably taken on many different characters, including an outstandingly poignant account of the Creature in Frankenstein, the husband in The Concert, Kulygin in Winter Dreams and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. He has been a gracious and thoughtful partner and a great role model. I know that he’ll be much missed by the Company and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best for his exciting next steps. I am delighted that he will be staying in the arts world.'

Kish commented, 'It has been a privilege to perform with the inspiring artists of The Royal Ballet. I am grateful to have been blessed with a fulfilling career on stage, the last years of which in Covent Garden have been a treasured experience. I would like to thank my Directors, Dame Monica Mason and Kevin O’Hare, for their artistic leadership and support. My sincere thanks also go to the audiences and all the wonderful, dedicated and talented artists and staff at the Royal Opera House.'

Kish’s many roles with The Royal Ballet include Albrecht, Romeo, Vershinin (Winter Dreams), Prince (Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and The Prince of the Pagodas), Des Grieux (Manon), Richard P. Arnold (Enigma Variations), Jack/Knave (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Onegin, Solor (La Bayadère), Espada (Don Quixote), Creature (Frankenstein) and roles in Monotones II, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Theme and Variations, Voluntaries, Les Patineurs, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Gloria and Song of the Earth. His role creations include in ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) and Aeternum.

Details of additional promotions, leavers and joiners will be announced at the end of the Season.

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I've seen performances of Romeo and Juliet before, but tonight I somehow feel like I'm watching for the first time. What a cast, what dancing, what acting, what fighting! #ROHromeo @RoyalOperaHouse

— Lucy McCaul (@LucyMcCaul) June 11, 2019

#ROHromeo wonderful, flawless performance! Juliet floats around the stage like a beautiful butterfly ????

— Daniella Gatt (@Daniellagatt) June 11, 2019

Bloody phenomenal. What a ballet! Beautifully stunning Juliet and gorgeous Romeo. #ROHromeo @YasmineNaghdi @TheRoyalBallet #MatthewBall

— Rachel Chan (@RachelChan42br) June 11, 2019

The balcony pas de deux is what ballet dreams are made of.
From Barcelona #ROHromeo

— Marta Calvo (@MCalvoC79) June 11, 2019

Brilliant performance by Royal ballet, captivating from the first note. Wonderful choreography! #Rohromeo

— Sergey Pronin (@snpronin) June 11, 2019

Watching #ROHromeo in Bristol. Absolutely beautiful, so captivating & enchanting!

— Samantha Gardiner (@spirit_gardiner) June 11, 2019

Watching #ROHRomeo live from #Walthamstow in #London. I could feel the electricity between the young lovers. Sublimely sensuous and beautiful. Looking forward to Acts 2 & 3.

— William Wong (@3become1) June 11, 2019

Watching live from Guebwiller, France... Amazing ballet and great performance! Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi are the perfect Romeo and Juliet ???? #ROHromeo

— Charlotte Kleiber (@blog_jeuxdemots) June 11, 2019

The way they express emotions through movement is just magnificent. The orchestra is not bad either #ROHromeo

— Magalie Cooper (@MG609) June 11, 2019

What did you think of Romeo and Juliet live in cinemas?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

This was the final cinema broadcast of the 2018/19 season. There will be free outdoor screenings of The Royal Opera's Carmen across the UK on  2 July as part of BP Big Screens.

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Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare has announced that Marcelino Sambé has been promoted to Principal dancer, the highest rank in the Company.

O’Hare comments: “I’m thrilled to announce that Marcelino Sambé will become a Principal dancer from the start of the 2019/20 season. He has had a fantastic year with some notable debuts, including a dazzling Basilio in Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote, and a heartfelt Romeo in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. The impressive range of his artistry has also been displayed in his performances this Season in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs and Wayne McGregor’s Infra. He has the most wonderful personality that endears him to audiences and fellow Company members alike. I know everyone will be delighted with the news of his promotion. He has accomplished so much since joining the Company from The Royal Ballet School, and I’m very excited to see him progress to the next phase of his career.”

Born in Lisbon, Marcelino Sambé joined The Royal Ballet in 2012 from The Royal Ballet Upper School. He was promoted to First Artist in 2014, Soloist in 2015 and First Soloist in 2017. He began his training at the National Conservatory of Lisbon. His repertory with the Company includes Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Basilio (Don Quixote), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Oberon (The Dream), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Lescaut (Manon) and Benno (Swan Lake). He has created roles in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Obsidian Tear, Multiverse and Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor, and Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable. Sambé’s dance awards include a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2008, first prize at the Youth American Grand Prix in 2009, a gold medal and special award at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2017.

Details of additional promotions, leavers and joiners will be announced at the end of the Season.

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The Royal Opera will returning to Japan in September 2019 as part of an exciting year of UK–Japan exchanges, titled UK in Japan 2019–20, following the Company’s hugely successful tour in autumn 2015.

In September 2019, The Royal Opera will present performances of David McVicar’s sumptuous staging of Charles-François Gounod’s masterpiece Faust, and of Keith Warner’s psychologically probing and moving production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Shakespeare-inspired opera Otello. All performances are conducted by The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano.

Faust opens the tour on Thursday 12 September 2019 and features a cast including Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo in the title role, Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as his diabolic companion Méphistophélès and American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Faust’s lover Marguerite. The production was last performed by The Royal Opera in April 2019.

The opera tells the story of the philosopher Faust’s ill-considered pact with the devil Méphistophélès, who offers him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, in exchange for the philosopher’s soul. All too soon, Faust realizes that his quest for pleasure may have disastrous consequences.

This production sets the action in Paris in the early 1870s, draws parallels between the experiences of Gounod and Faust, and revels in the opera’s gothic elements. Themes of love, betrayal and the battle between good and evil are brought to life through the spectacular set designs of Charles Edwards, elegant costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel and atmospheric lighting design by Paule Constable. David McVicar’s staging is revived by Bruno Ravella. The vigorous original choreography by Michael Keegan-Dolan is revived for this run by Emmanuel Obeya.

Verdi’s penultimate opera Otello opens on Saturday 14 September 2019 and features a cast including American tenor Gregory Kunde in the title role, Armenian soprano Hrachuhi Bassenz as Desdemona and Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley as Iago. The production was last seen at the Royal Opera House in June 2017.

Designer Boris Kudlička’s semi-abstract sets and Kaspar Glarner’s period costumes highlight the contrasting innocence of Desdemona and malevolence of Iago, while Bruno Poet’s lighting designs reflect Otello’s increasingly troubled emotions. Warner sensitively examines the relationships between Moors, Turks and Westerners in Shakespeare’s time, and shows how Otello feels an outsider in his society, which contributes to his loss of confidence and gradual mental collapse. For this run of performances, Keith Warner’s staging is revived by Royal Opera Staff Director Julia Burbach.

Find out more about The Royal Opera's 2019 Tour to Japan

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