Royal Opera House to offer free opera and ballet online

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London’s Royal Opera House is giving music and dance lovers the chance to see some of its productions online

The Royal Opera is offering a series of free broadcasts and live content – broadcasts, musical master-classes and cultural insights – that will cover ballet and opera and offer a look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous opera houses.

The move is a way for the ROH to do its bit during the Coronavirus outbreak, as live events are postponed at the Royal Opera House and around the world.

The online productions will be offered on demand and free on the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

They are: Acis and Galatea, (Royal Opera 2009) April 3 at 7pm BST; Così Fan Tutte, (Royal Opera 2010) April 10, 7pm BST;

The Metamorphosis, (Royal Ballet 2013) April 17, 7pm BST

The ROH has also begun a programme of free curated content viewable by signing up for a free 30-day trial on Marquee TV, an international, multi-genre performing arts streaming service.

A range of recent opera and ballet productions is already available on this service, including La Traviata and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Royal Opera House content is also available on radio, TV and online through a continuing partnership with the BBC.

Mayerling, Pappano's Greatest Arias and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot are all available on BBC iPlayer. Beethoven favourite Fidelio is scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 3 at 6.30pm on March 28, and more free broadcasts will follow: check the theatre’s social media channels.

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