Free opera from Covent Garden coming to Purfleet

THE final of the 2014 BP Big Screens will be taking place on Wednesday 17 September with a live screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto from the iconic Covent Garden stage direct to Purfleet and Southend. Free to 14 towns and cities across the UK, the screening will kick-off at 7pm with pre-performance build-up presented by Dominic Peckham and Natasha Kaplinsky.

The BP Big Screens are the perfect way to share world-class opera with family and friends for free. The three productions screened over the course of the summer (the two previous screenings being La bohème and La traviata) feature exclusive backstage films and live interaction bringing some of the Royal Opera House’s finest performances live to the great outdoors across the UK.

Rigoletto will also be a final chance to enter into the BP Big Screen competition to a performance of The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a stay at The May Fair Hotel and a meal in the Paul Hamlyn Balconies Restaurant – once a part of the Covent Garden flower market. In addition there will be a chance to win a food hamper from the Royal Opera House to the cinema-goer with the best ‘opera selfie’ using the hashtag #BPBigScreen, via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership with BP which has enabled half a million people to enjoy world-class opera and ballet through free live broadcasts from the Royal Opera House beamed to big screens in their home town. BP first supported the Big Screen programme in 2000, when there was just one screen in Covent Garden, although the partnership began in 1988 with a wide variety of activities.

Last Season was the most successful year for BP Big Screens, with more than 45,000 people watching from Aberdeen to Belfast and London to Plymouth. This year the screening of Rigoletto will be showed at a new venue, The Forum in Southend on Sea.

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