This important collaboration has enabled over 800,000 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. In 2016 we 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.
For the last 18 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 2018 around 41,500 people – an increase of almost 20% on the previous year – watched 40 BP Big Screens in 20 locations across the UK. The ballet Swan Lake and operas La bohѐme and Don Giovanni drew audiences from locations including London, the Isle of Wight, Warwick, Aberdeen to Swansea, Exmouth, Bristol and Southwold's Latitude Festival. All experienced the very best of opera and ballet, complete with dramatic plots, passion, intrigue, love, jealousy and revenge.
A further 112,000 people worldwide watched the BP Big Screens webcast performances of La bohѐme and Don Giovanni via the Royal Opera House's YouTube channel, logging on from Argentina to Vietnam, Finland to New Zealand. This follows the 100,000 people from around the globe who watched an online performance of Tosca in 2017 and the 66,000 who saw Nabucco and Il trovatore in 2016. The first of the Royal Opera House's and BP Big Screens live online streaming events was of La traviata in 2014 when 15,000 people logged on.
We will announce the new ballet and operas for next summer's screenings in the New Year. Watch this space!