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Royal Opera House announces programming for second Live from Covent Garden concert

By David Porter

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Following the first in the series of three Live from Covent Garden concerts which took place on Saturday, the Royal Opera House is proud to announce the programming for the second concert on Saturday, June 20 at 7.30pm which will be broadcast live via the ROH website from its world-famous Covent Garden home.

A celebration of ballet and opera, the Live from Covent Garden series marks the first live performances at the Royal Opera House since the building closed its doors to the public in March.

Join them behind the scenes as they open the theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers, sharing music and dance from their house to your house.

Sarah Connolly as Fricka.
Sarah Connolly as Fricka.

The second concert will feature a performance of Albert Schönberg’s reduction of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featuring tenor David Butt Philip, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and soloists of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Written between 1908 and 1909, Das Lied von der Erde is a composition of six songs for two singers and orchestra.

Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet Vadim Muntagirov will perform Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits.

Set to a lyrical score from Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, the solo was initially created in 1978 for Anthony Dowell, former Principal and Director of The Royal Ballet, and is a showcase of balance and poise.

The revival of this rarely seen work was facilitated by the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s series of Ashton Rediscovered masterclasses.

The performances on Saturday 20 June and Saturday 27 June will be available to view live and on demand for 14 days for £4.99 per household.

The first concert is available to view for free both live and on demand for 14 days.

Details of the third concert on Saturday 27 June will be announced next week.

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