The Opera Platform – Free, Live and on Demand – Available Now

Posted May 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm in Digital, Music, News

WNO May SS3Cavalleria rusticana  – with Marianna Tarasova (Santuzza) and the chorus of WNO will be performed
by the WNO next summer. Photograph:  Brian Tarr

THE Royal Opera and Welsh National Opera is part of  The Opera Platform initiative set up by Opera Europa a new online platform dedicated to opera. The Opera Platform will offer, both opera fans and those interested to experience it for the first time, the opportunity to watch performances and access exclusive backstage content via a new online platform, The Opera Platform which is free, live and available on demand.


WNO May SS4A new production of Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande is part of the WNO 2015 summer season – A Terrible Innocence

This new website is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme and created by a partnership led by Opera Europa – the European association of opera companies and festivals – with cultural broadcaster ARTE and 15 European opera companies including The Royal Opera and WNO in the UK. This partnership aims to extend the reach of opera internationally, as well as in Europe.

Frontispiece to In Parenthesis, (1937). Copyright The Estate of David Jones; Amgueddfa Cymru – the National Museum Wales

The Opera Platform offers free content from the 15 opera companies involved including full opera performances, extracts, synopses and background material, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes documentaries.

Król Roger will be the first opera from The Royal Opera to be streamed on The Opera Platform on May 16 2015. Szymanowski’s opera Król Roger is performed for the first time at Covent Garden this season, in a new production by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera for The Royal Opera.

The production is the first collaboration between Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano and Kasper Holten. Designs are by Steffen Aarfing, lighting design is by Jon Clark, video designs by Luke Halls and choreography by Cathy Marston.

The first full-length opera from Welsh National Opera to be streamed on the platform will be the Company’s new commission for 2016, In Parenthesis. Based on the poem In Parenthesis by World War I poet David  Jones, this new opera is composed by Iain Bell with a libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins. It will be directed by WNO Artistic Director David Pountney and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, with design by Robert Innes Hopkins.

by Caroline Simpson

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