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Debut for The Wayward Daughter

By David Porter

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The Royal Opera House presentsthe latest instalment of its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme, featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that can be accessed by audiences for free anywhere, anytime.

A scene from La Fille Mal Gardee by The Royal Ballet
A scene from La Fille Mal Gardee by The Royal Ballet

On Wednesday, June 10 at 5pm a special In Conversation programme featuring star tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano takes place.

The 40-minute programme will see the duo discuss the most difficult tenor roles as well as Kaufmann's career highlights from 14 years of acclaimed performances on the Covent Garden stage.

Later this week the next in a series of free online broadcasts will take place with the YouTube and Facebook premiere of Frederick Ashton’s exuberant La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) on Friday, June 12 at 7pm.

This classic ballet, featuring both dancing chickens and a Lancashire clog dance, showcases Ashton’s signature choreographic style from energetic pas de deux to elements of national folk dance.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, La Fille mal gardée tells the story of Widow Simone and her daughter Lise who is in love with Colas, a young farmer.

In this 2005 recording, the role of Lise is danced by Marianela Nuñez, Colas by Carlos Acosta and Widow Simone by William Tuckett.

The joyous and colourful production features an arrangement of Ferdinand Hérold’s music by John Lanchbery and designs by Osbert Lancaster.

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Anthony Twiner.

Ahead of Friday’s broadcast, Marianela Nuñez will share her lockdown essentials playlist (Wednesday, June 10) and take over the ROH’s Instagram channel (Thursday, June 11).

Next Saturday, June 13 at 7.30pm ROH open the theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers for the first concert in a Live from Covent Garden series, marking the first live performance at the Royal Opera House since March.

Hosted by the BBC’s Anita Rani and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano, the concert will include work from Benjamin Britten, George Frideric Handel, George Butterworth and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The Royal Opera House’s Create and Learn series continues to offer free resources for families across the globe to explore the magical world of theatre from home.

This week the virtual classroom invites children and young people to create their own Serene Swan Headdress using simple household items as part of the Heroes and Villains activity.

The task is inspired by Swan Lake, one of the world’s most famous ballets, which is frequently performed by The Royal Ballet on stage in Covent Garden.

Royal Opera House content continues to be available as part of our ongoing partnership with the BBC.

On Saturday, June 13 at 6.30pm, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast The Royal Opera’s performance of Szymanowski's King Roger (2015) with Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Also currently available on BBC Sounds is The Royal Opera’s performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2016) starring Diana Damrau.

Available on BBC iPlayer are Men at the Barre – Inside The Royal Ballet and Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words.

Men at the Barre is a new behind-the-scenes documentary by Director Richard Macer, which showcases the athleticism and lyricism of The Royal Ballet’s male dancers and offers a unique insight into the life of a dancer.

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words is a creative reimagining of Kenneth MacMillan’s seminal ballet, featuring Royal Ballet dancers, and is directed by multiple award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of BalletBoyz.

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