Royal Opera House to broadcast show to Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square big screen

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A CLASSIC opera will once again be broadcast live from Covent Garden to Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square big screen.

The Royal Opera House has announced this summer’s big screen performance will be of Puccini’s La Bohème on Thursday, May 17 at 7.30pm.

Deborah Bull, creative director of the opera house, said this will be the 25th year of big screen summer performances.

She said: ‘They offer world-class performance for free and a unique window on our world, through live presentation from behind the scenes, specially created films, cast interviews and more.

‘We’re delighted this year to be part of the UK’s biggest ever celebration of UK culture, the London 2012 Festival. The free BP Summer Big Screens are the perfect way in for newcomers to opera and ballet – and an absolute treat for anyone who enjoys music and dance.’

Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House and chairman of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board, said: ‘We are very proud to be able to celebrate 25 years of such great quality al fresco screenings.

‘With the generous support of BP we’re providing the opportunity for people to enjoy unforgettable experiences in a range of wonderful venues across the UK, working in partnership with the BBC City Centre Screens, LOCOG and councils across the UK.’

Simon Lloyd, BBC director of media engagement, said: ‘The big screens – a partnership between the BBC, local councils, London 2012, local arts groups and the creative industries – is pleased to be working with the Royal Opera House for the eighth year to broadcast three live relays of the Royal Opera’s La Bohème and Falstaff and the Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.’

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