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Picturehouse Handles International Rights to Royal Opera House Season

Last year's season at the Royal Opera included 'Madama Butterfly' with Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San

Picturehouse Handles International Rights to Royal
Courtesy of Bill Cooper

LONDON — Picturehouse Entertainment is to handle sales, distribution and marketing of London’s Royal Opera House Live Cinema program from the 2016/17 season.

The program brings opera and ballet to movie theaters live and in high-definition direct from the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to countries around the world, including U.S., France, Spain, Italy, German, Japan and Australia.

The 2016/17 ROH Live Cinema season will feature 12 live broadcasts, six operas and six ballets, including 2016 Olivier Award winner “Woolf Works,” Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. Other productions include Peter Wright’s Royal Ballet classic “The Nutcracker”; the return of “The Sleeping Beauty” (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946); a new production of Bellini’s “Norma,” starring internationally renowned soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role; Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s “Otello”; and a new production of Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte.”

Picturehouse broadcasts of live theater last year included Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s “The Winter’s Tale,” starring Branagh and Judi Dench, who won an Olivier Award for her work in the production. On the night of the U.K. live broadcast, “The Winter’s Tale” took the number-one spot at the U.K. box office, surpassing the latest instalment of “The Hunger Games.”

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Other titles included Roger Waters’ “The Wall,” a 4K Dolby Atmos capture of the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist of all time, a live broadcast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and productions from Royal Shakespeare Company Live from Stratford-upon-Avon.