Friday, 14 May 2010

Royal Opera at a house near you

Two Royal Opera House big screen broadcasts coming up this week. First Tsarina's Slippers at Odeons round the country on 15th.  Then there's La bohème, with Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai. It's screening at Vue cinemas on 17th and 18th. Carmen comes up in different cinemas on 8th June, coinciding with the second performance at Covent Garden. Then La Fille du Regiment on 28th and 29th June at Vue cinemas. It was on last week at Cineworlds, but I didn't know. And on 13th July Simon Boccanegra! See the opera live from 29th June, see the movie on 13th July and hear the Proms broadcast on 18th July. This one's limited to mega-venues like Trafalgar Square, though.

I'm always confused by different cinema chains, different opera houses, different schedules etc. so I often miss them. Moreover my local cinema is always completely booked out months in advance by regulars so I usually only get returns. But that proves there's a market. for opera in the cinema. And for someone to devise a "screening database".

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