Royal Opera House announces biggest Cinema Season ever 

THE Royal Opera House is delighted to announce its biggest Cinema Season ever. Over 2022/23, an astonishing 13 productions from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera will be broadcast to more than 1,300 cinemas around the world, bringing the joy of live performance to audiences from the UK all the way to New Zealand. 

The Cinema Season opens in September with Puccini’s heart-rending opera Madama Butterfly. The following month, cinema goers can join The Royal Ballet for the opening night of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling; experience Robert Carsen’s brand-new production of Aida, conducted by Antonio Pappano; and watch La bohème, sung by an outstanding cast that includes Juan Diego Flórez and Danielle de Niese. The opening night of The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration – including George Balanchine’s Diamonds, the Company’s first performance of For Four by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, and three world premieres – will be relayed live in November; and in December, The Nutcracker will reach audiences across the globe, offering sweeping snowscapes, magical stagecraft and a showstopping series of dances performed in the dream-like Kingdom of Sweets.     

The new year kicks off with screenings of Like Water for Chocolate – a full-length ballet by Christopher Wheeldon that receives its premiere this current Season, and is inspired by Laura Esquivel’s captivating Mexican novel of the same name. This will be followed by live broadcasts of The Barber of SevilleTurandot and The Royal Ballet’s new production of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, redesigned by a world-class creative team that includes set designer Tom Pye, Oscar award-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne, lighting designer David Finn, video designer Finn Ross and magic consultant Chris Fisher. In April and May, audiences can enjoy Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and a live relay of The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty; and in June, the Cinema Season will close with Il trovatore – a brand new production that will bring Olivier Award-winning director Adele Thomas back to Covent Garden following the success of Bajazet (2022) and Berenice (2019).  

Our cinema programme has brought stunning productions to audiences across the globe since 2008. Broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house for each performance, and include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and insights into the rehearsal process.  

This series of broadcasts joins an astonishing array of performances, events and activities across our 2022/23 Season. Over 40 productions, performed by an incredible roster of international stars and created in collaboration with global companies, will be performed on our stages. More than 200 events and activities will take place in our iconic Covent Garden home, and outreach programmes will reach over 27,000 children across the UK. Join us here in London, or experience our work wherever you are. 

Booking opens on Friday 1 July 2022. Visit ROH – Cinema for more information. 

2022/ 23 CINEMA SEASON 

The Royal Opera 

MADAMA BUTTERFLY 

Live: Tuesday 27 September 2022, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 2 October 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

MAYERLING 

Live: Wednesday 5 October 2022, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 9 October 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

AIDA 

Live: Wednesday 12 October 2022, 6:45pm 

Encore: Sunday 16 October 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

LA BOHÈME 

Live: Thursday 20 October 2022, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 23 October 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

THE ROYAL BALLET: A DIAMOND CELEBRATION 

Live: Wednesday 16 November 2022, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 20 November 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

THE NUTCRACKER 

Live: Thursday 8 December 2022, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 11 December 2022, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE 

Special screening: Thursday 19 January 2023, 7:15pm (recorded on 9 June 2022) 

Encore: Sunday 22 January 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 

Live: Wednesday 15 February 2023, 7pm 

Encore: Sunday 19 February 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

TURANDOT 

Live: Wednesday 22 March 2023, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 26 March 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

CINDERELLA 

Live: Wednesday 12 April 2023, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 16 April 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO 

Special screening: Thursday 27 April 2023, 6:45pm (recorded on 11 and 22 January 2022) 

Encore: Sunday 30 April 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Ballet 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 

Live: Wednesday 24 May 2023, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 28 May 2023, 2pm 

The Royal Opera 

IL TROVATORE 

Live: Tuesday 13 June 23, 7:15pm 

Encore: Sunday 18 June 2023, 2pm 

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