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Watch behind the scenes of the Royal Opera House live online

  • Date: 4 January 2013
  • Area: National

Watch world-class opera live on The Space this Monday 7 January from 10.30am to 9.30pm as the free online arts service gives an unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes of one of the country's premier arts institutions.

Royal Opera Live will showcase a full working day for Arts Council National portfolio organisation The Royal Opera, and feature live rehearsals with both the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Highlights will include footage of work backstage, interviews with some of the finest singers, directors, designers and conductors in the world today including John Tomlinson, Stephen Langridge, Simon Keenlyside and Ryan Wigglesworth - and much more.

Watch a live performance from a unique angle on The Space

The day will conclude with an exclusive look at all the action that occurs behind the scenes during a live performance. Experience Act III from Die Walküre, pre-recorded earlier in the season through the unique view of 21 cameras positioned in locations including the trap door, orchestra pit and the wings.

Three different streams of the performance will be available on The Space allowing you to choose to watch from backstage, the conductor camera on Antonio Pappano in the pit, or a wide-angle of the onstage action, marking a first for online opera streaming. 

Uniquely, viewers on The Space will also be able to switch from one live stream to another, pause, rewind and replay the live performance as well as watch all the action again over the following 48 hours. The full Die Walküre coverage will then be available for a month after the event with extended highlights available for six months.

Get involved

Audiences can participate and are encouraged to tweet questions to be asked live on air using #ROLive and #ROLquestions.

In the run up to Royal Opera Live, budding opera singers are also being invited to submit videos of themselves, either solo or in a group, singing 'Va pensiero' from Act III of Nabucco. You can watch a video tutorial available on the Royal Opera House website which provides helpful hints, the downloadable Italian text and instructions as to how to upload your own video via YouTube. A selection of entrants will have their video broadcast as part of Royal Opera Live.

Royal Opera Live is a co-commission between the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England and The Guardian. It  follows the success of Royal Ballet Live in March 2012, watched by more than 200,000 people on the day with a further one million views since.

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