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Announcement: Palace Opera & Ballet 2017

Providing even more choice and growing on the already popular screen program of National Theatre Live, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company and Globe On Screen, you can now experience the biggest stars of international opera and ballet as they perform live on stage at Europe’s finest houses and are screened at Riverside.

Broadcast live around Europe, and screening in Australian cinemas only weeks later, the performances are captured in high definition from multiple vantage points, and presented in Dolby Digital sound.

Taking you up-close and even behind the scenes with exclusive features and interviews, watching in the cinema is truly the next best thing to being there in person.

Check out the exquisite productions coming to Riverside’s Big Screen from February 2017 onwards, below.


The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th Birthday with his glorious production par excellence of this all-time favourite ballet.

It’s Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) the magician sweeps young Clara (Francesca Hayward) away on a fantastical journey from the family living room to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing makes for total treat.

Captured live on stage at the Royal Opera House, London.

Dates & Times:
Sunday 5 February 1pm


Paris Opéra Ballet: Swan Lake

Drawing on ancient Slavic and Norse mythology where destiny is often born out of the mysterious forces of nature, Swan Lake has become a legend in its own right.

Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score is imbued with a deep sense of nostalgia, echoing the composer’s own experience of love as elusive as it was impossible.

In Rudolf Nureyev’s “Freudian” version, conceived for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Prince Siegfried’s role is elevated to that of the hero.

Captured live on stage at Palais Garnier, Paris.

Dates & Times:
Saturday 18 February 1pm


Opéra de Paris: The Tales of Hoffman

Ramón Vargas will lead an incredible cast in Robert Carsen’s spectacular production of Offenbach’s dazzling final opera, a work that combines fantasy, gravity and humour in an unexpectedly innovative synthesis of opera buffa, romantic opera and grand opera.

This adaptation of three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with a sprinkling of Goethe’s Faust, portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympian (Nadine Koutcher), Antonia (Ermonela Jaho) and Giuletta (Kate Aldrich). Opéra de Paris Musical Director Philippe Jordan conducts.

Captured live on stage at Opéra Bastille, Paris.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 15 March 1pm


The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

In the 2017 Easter holidays, enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells, and celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet.

A perennial delight, The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music by Tchaikovsky and talented dancers. With wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora (Marianela Nuñez) meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dance for the happy union of prince (Vadim Muntagiorov) and princess, this is a spectacle like no other.

Captured live on stage at the Royal Opera House, London.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 12 April 1pm


Paris Opéra Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New Production! Enter Shakespeare’s poetic world of elves and fairies, as envisioned by choreographer George Balanchine. Entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire for the first time, this magical piece, danced to the stage music by Mendelssohn, features sets and costumes by fashion legend Christian Lacroix.

Captured live on stage Palais Garnier, Paris.

Dates & Times:
Sunday 7 May 1pm

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