Monday, May 27, 2024

Double helping of Tosca for Thurrock


Monday 8 July at 7.30pm, Thameside Theatre


Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm, High House Production Park

The Royal Opera House is delighted to announce that this year’s free BP Big Screen performance in Thurrock is The Royal Opera’s stunning production of Puccini’s Tosca on Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm at the High House Production Park.

Royal Opera House Insights also return to the Thameside Theatre in Grays on Monday 8 July at 7.30pm for a special Tosca event exploring the opera and including a Sing-along with members of The Royal Opera Chorus.

From 7pm on the day of the live relay, there will be pre-show interviews and backstage films on the big screen at the High House Production Park in Purfleet with the entire evening being presented by Alan Titchmarsh live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Tosca is one of the great opera experiences. It’s a thrilling and heart-wrenching story of passionate love, jealousy, murder and suicide featuring Martina Serafin as the tragic Tosca and Aleksandrs Antonenko as her lover Cavaradossi, with Scott Hendricks as the evil Baron Scarpia who plots their destruction.

The BP Big Screens are the perfect way to share world-class opera and ballet with friends and family for free. Whether audiences are new to ballet and opera or already devotees, the BP Big Screen relays offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the very best performances from the Royal Opera House.

The Royal Opera House’s Insights event will explore Tosca with an introduction to the story, performances of arias from the opera sung by members of the Royal Opera Chorus and the opportunity to join in some of the opera’s musical highlights under the direction of a member of The Royal Opera Music Staff. No previous singing experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to join in. Everyone will then be fully prepared for the Big Screen performance of Tosca.

Tickets for the Tosca Insight event are £5, £3 for students and can be purchased from the Royal Opera House Box Office on 020 7304 4000.

Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera House, said: ‘These al fresco summer big screenings, now in their 26th year, are a highlight of our Season. To be able to offer world-class performances absolutely free and to so many venues across the UK fills us with pride. We first screened a live performance on a Big Screen in Covent Garden Piazza in 1987 and this year we’re broadcasting to 22 different venues. This incredible growth in this free scheme would not be possible without the support of BP and we’re exceptionally grateful to them.’

Des Violaris, BP’s UK Director for Arts and Culture, said: ‘BP is delighted to continue its support for the BP Big Screens. Being able to connect people and communities across the UK with the highest quality opera and ballet for free is at the core of our relationship with the Royal Opera House. Every year we see more and more people engage with the BP Big Screens, enjoying these regular events with friends and family who haven’t previously had an opportunity to experience these art forms. We hope that the skies will stay clear this summer so that even more people can discover the BP Big Screens.’

To find out more about BP Big Screens, please visit www.roh.org.uk/bpbigscreens.

For more details about Royal Opera House Insights, please visit www.roh.org.uk/insights


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