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BP and the Royal Opera House

BP and the Royal Opera House (ROH) have worked together for 31 years, making this the ROH's longest corporate partnership

This important collaboration has enabled over 900,000 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.


BP Big Screens

For the last 19 years, BP has supported the free Big Screens live relays of opera and ballet performances direct from Covent Garden to a growing 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 Facebook and YouTube channels, 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.


BP Big Screens in 2019

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!


Romeo and Juliet, Ballet – 11 June

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's twentieth-century ballet masterpiece. Romeo and Juliet fall wildly in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud. They marry in secret but tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city.


Kenneth MacMillan's choreography shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest. Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes, while 16th-century Verona is created by Nicholas Georgiadis's magnificent designs.


Carmen, Opera – 2 July

George Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José who sacrifices everything to be with her. But Carmen becomes infatuated with the toreador Escamillo and loses interest in Don José whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy.


Carmen is one of the most successful operas ever written. Its gorgeous melodies have secured the opera’s hold on the popular imagination – Escamillo’s Toreador Song, Carmen’s Habanera, Don José’s Flower Song and many passages for orchestra and chorus are among the most widely known pieces of Western classical music.


The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Opera  - 9 July

Mozart's great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness is one of the composer's best-loved works.


Figaro and Susanna plan to marry but their master, Count Almaviva has designs on Susanna and is determined to stop the wedding. Meanwhile, the page Cherubino's passion for the ladies jeopardizes his job while Countess Almaviva longs to regain her husband's love. The plot becomes more complicated but will the Count succeed in thwarting the wedding? And can the Countess win back her husband's love?