Live opera screened in park
THE Royal Opera’s Simon Boccanegra is being beamed live from Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House to a big screen in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park next week as part of the BP Summer Big Screens Programme 2010.
The free screening, at 7.30pm next Tuesday, complete this years programme of 27 free screenings around the country this summer so thousands can enjoy world-class opera and ballet in their area.
Conducted by the music director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, Pl�cido Domingo makes his unmissable Royal Opera baritone debut in one of Verdi’s most demanding and passionate roles. Set in 14th-century Genoa, the opera portrays an embattled Doge as the consequences of his own past lead him – via an estranged daughter, her competing suitors and a life-long enemy – to his own death.
Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “The fact we’re able to relay live opera and ballet performances from Covent Garden to these big screens across the country is really exciting - and even better it’s all completely free for audiences.
“I think this gives family and friends a great opportunity to get together outdoors this summer and to experience these world class performances. I love the unique atmosphere created in each venue – there’s such an expectant air with hugely enthusiastic crowds. We’re truly grateful for the support of both BP and the BBC which has been critical to the success of the big screens programme.”