BP and the Royal Opera House (ROH) have worked together for 30 years, making this the ROH's longest corporate partnership
This important collaboration has enabled over 750,000 people, principally from the UK but now increasingly worldwide, to experience world-class opera and ballet performances through free BP Big Screens relays of live performances or via the internet. Others have joined in learning and participation projects from Aberdeen to London and beyond. We recently announced a further renewal of our partnership until 2022 – ensuring that many more people will have access to the best of the UK's culture well in to the future.
BP Big Screens
For the last 17 years, BP has supported the free Big Screens live relays of opera and ballet performances direct from Covent Garden to an increasing number of sites across the country. In 2017 around 33,000 people watched BP Big Screens in 14 locations across the UK experiencing the very best of opera and ballet, complete with dramatic plots, passion, intrigue, love, jealousy and revenge.
A further 100,000 people worldwide watched the BP Big Screens performance of Tosca via the Royal Opera House's YouTube channel, logging on from Argentina to Vietnam, Finland to New Zealand. This follows the 66,000 people from around the globe who watched similar online performances of Nabucco and Il trovatore in 2016 and the 15,000 who saw the first of the Royal Opera House's and BP Big Screens live online streaming of La traviata in 2014.
BP Big Screens in 2018
The BP Big Screens are back with some of the world's most loved operas and ballet. Each screening features exclusive backstage films, competitions and the best live performances at venues across the UK. Bring your friends, family and a picnic then share an excellent evening – all for free! Arrive 30 minutes before curtain up for a pre-performance packed with exclusive content.
Swan Lake – 12 June
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Today it ranks among the most famous and admired of all classical ballets loved not only for the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score but also for the striking choreographic contrasts between scenes in the royal palace and the lakeside. This new production, with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, remains faithful to the Russian Petipa-Ivanov text, while also bringing fresh eyes to the staging of this great ballet. As for the story: while out hunting, Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans. When one of them turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night...
La bohéme – 26 June
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimi, a seamstress, they fall in love instantly. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimi is gravely ill. Acclaimed director, Richard Jones, directs a new production of Puccini's witty, passionate and, ultimately, tragic opera. His romantic depiction of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, combines wonderful music with a love story drawn from everyday life. First performed in Covent Garden in 1897, La bohéme has captivated audiences around the world and become one of the best loved of all operas.
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Isle of Wight | Lyric Square, Hammersmith | Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf | Trafalgar Square, London | The Scoop, London Bridge City | General Gordon Square, Woolwich | Duthie Park, Aberdeen | Millennium Square, Bristol | Guildhall Square, Portsmouth | Queens Drive Space, Exmouth | Castle Square, Swansea | Barmouth Bay Holiday Park, Tal-Y-Bont, Gwynedd | Castle Howard, Yorkshire | The Piazza, Warwick University | White City, Shepherd's Bush
Don Giovanni – 12 July
The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer who is accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control. Don Giovanni was the second of Mozart's collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. In it they created a work that has beguiled and entranced audiences in equal measures since its premiere in 1787. Balancing tragedy and comedy, it combines glorious music with a seductive central character who is fascinating in his complexity.
Lyric Square, Hammersmith | Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf | Trafalgar Square, London | General Gordon Square, Woolwich | Tattershall Lakes Country Park, Lincolnshire | Brighton Marina, East Sussex | Millennium Square, Bristol | Sandy Balls, Holiday Village, Fordingbridge, The New Forest, Hampshire | Guildhall Square, Portsmouth | The Forum, Southend | Queens Drive Space, Exmouth | Castle Square, Swansea | The Piazza, Warwick University | Old Eldon Square, Newcastle | Latitude Festival | White City, Shepherd's Bush