Sutton’s Empire Cinema is to bring the Royal Opera House (ROH) 2016/17 season to its screens courtesy of the Empire Extra programme. The ROH Live Cinema Season, available at Empire Cinemas , offers cinemagoers the opportunity to enjoy the experience of the opera from the comfort of their local cinema. The upcoming season provides opera and ballet lovers with another fantastic selection of performances.

Kicking off with a world-premiere of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece Norma on 26th September, the 2016/17 ROH Live Cinema season will feature 12 live broadcasts, six operas and six ballets, including 2016 Olivier Award winner Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Other productions include Peter Wright’s Royal Ballet Christmas classic The Nutcracker, the return of The Sleeping Beauty, the Company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946, Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s Otello, a new production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte and Puccini’s deeply moving opera Madam Butterfly.

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Norma 29th September 2016
Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano brings a modern edge to this timeless tale of rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society.  The wonderful cast, led by Sonya Yoncheva and Joseph Callejia will open the Season on the 26 September.

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Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart’s classic opera Così fan tutte puts two pairs of lovers to the test – with great music but distinctly unexpected results. This lively, youthful and imaginative take on one of the world’s best-loved operas is performed by a cast of rising stars conducted by Semyon Bychkov.

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Anastasia 17th October 2016

Anastasia is a ballet about one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved. One of Kenneth MacMillan’s first creations on becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, Anastasia is a dramatic and haunting exploration of Anna’s nightmare of memory and identity. A powerful, psychological challenge for the principal ballerina, this is a rare opportunity to see a landmark ballet by a major choreographer.

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Les Contes D’Hoffmann 15th November 2016

The Royal Opera’s lavish production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Offenbach’s masterpiece, is a favourite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.

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The Nutcracker 8th December 2016

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the quintessential Christmas treat which takes audiences on a magical journey from a great battlefield, to the Land of Snow and to the Kingdom of Sweets.

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Il Trovatore 31st January 2017

Verdi’s Il trovatore is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder. New in the 2015/16 Season, this atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war.

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Woolf Works 8th February 2017

The Olivier Award winning ballet, Woolf Works, by multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves.  Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music, to make an evening not to be missed.

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The Sleeping Beauty 28th February 2017

A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

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Madama Butterfly 30th March 2017

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

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Jewels 11th April 2017

George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The Royal Ballet showcases the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.

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The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand 7th June 2017

This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. All three are considered to be Ashton’s seminal works and will conclude The Royal Ballet’s Live Cinema Season in style.

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Otello 28th June 2017

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses.