If we needed another reason why we love London, we have now found it.
Starting 10 June 2015, BP is once again sponsoring the free Big Screens series, which it has done for the past 15 years.
Otter Fun Fact: The founders first met in London.
This event streams opera and ballet performances held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in real-time to a number of sites across the UK.
You know we have a soft spot for the arts, especially ballet, so that combined with London – we have our bags packed!
Before we get too excited and head off to get ready for this epic adventure, we should share with you what you can expect.
The BP Big Screens series includes two operas and one ballet – all for free!
La bohème – 10 June
“The tragic story of Mimi and Rodolfo begins on Christmas Eve when they meet and fall passionately in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo discovers that Mimi is gravely ill. Puccini’s depiction of bohemian nineteenth century Paris has captured audiences around the world, making it one of the best-loved of all operas. Don’t miss your last chance to see this award-winning production, which The Royal Opera performs for the final time this Season.”
Don Giovanni – 3 July
“The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power. Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni will not.”
Romeo and Juliet – 22 September
“Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant ballet of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is a classic of 20th-century ballet, and a heartbreaking match for Prokofiev’s score. Created for The Royal Ballet in 1965, and drawing out the emotional and psychological intensity from the heart of the story, it’s a key work in the Company’s repertory and a must-see for ballet fans and newcomers alike.”
We don’t need anymore convincing, we are ready to descend on the English capital – with our picnic basket in tow.
Don’t forget some fresh crumpets.
Of course this means a stop for the most Otterlicious picks for our picnic basket, which must include some Fortnum & Mason.
See you soon, London!