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By David Porter

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The Royal Opera House is proud to continue its #OurHouseToYourHouse programme, featuring free online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural highlights that can be accessed by audiences anywhere, anytime.

New productions in the series of free weekly broadcasts are available on Facebook and YouTube every Friday at 7pm

Next to be shown is Faust from The Royal Opera recorded in 2019 which will be broadcast on Friday, July 17 at 7pm.

David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust tells the story of the aged philosopher Faust who makes a bargain with the devil Méphistophélès: in return for youth and the love of Marguerite, Faust will surrender his soul to the devil.

The 2019 recording stars Michael Fabiano as Faust, Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as Marguerite.

The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are conducted by Dan Ettinger.

This willl be followed by The Sleeping Beauty on Friday July 24

The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of the classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty brings to life the world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells.

The Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II with The Sleeping Beauty and in 2006 Monica Mason and Christopher Newton restored the original staging.

With choreography by Marius Petipa, additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon and a masterful score by Tchaikovsky, the 2020 recording stars Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora, Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund, Kristen McNally as Carabosse and Gina Storm-Jensen as the Lilac Fairy. Simon Hewett conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

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

The current theme is ‘Transformations’ and the virtual classroom invites children and young people to make their own potion bottle, inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Currently available on demand on BBC Sounds are The Royal Opera’s performances of Szymanowski's King Roger (2015), Dvořák’s Rusalka (2012), Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (2013) and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2014).

For details of all ROH broadcasts, creative activities and unique content, follow #OurHouseToYourHouse.

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