The first of the three summer performances, La Bohème, will be screened on Thursday 17 May at 7.20pm. The evening will also feature South Wales group ‘Pres Morganwg’ who will perform a number of classical pieces from the Baroque era live in Castle Square before the screening, beginning at 6.30pm, and during the intermission.
One of the world’s best-loved operas, La Bohème brings 1830’s Paris to the stage with authenticity and colour, telling the story of young love and heartbreak. It begins on a freezing Christmas Eve when a struggling poet meets a beautiful, fragile young woman who will change his life forever.
Frances Jenkins, Strategic Manager for Tourism, Marketing and Events, said, “The BP Summer Big Screen relays offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the very best from the Royal Opera House in Swansea.”
“La Bohème is a fantastic free event ideal for both existing opera lovers and audiences who may not have even contemplated watching opera before.”
“Castle Square provides a unique, open air experience and I am sure that these screenings will prove to be very popular with residents of and visitors to the City.”
Simon Lloyd, Director Media Engagement BBC, said, “The Big Screens – a partnership between the BBC, local councils, London 2012, local arts groups and the creative industries – is pleased to be working with the Royal Opera House for the eighth year to broadcast three live relays of The Royal Opera's La Bohème and Falstaff and The Royal Ballet's Metamorphosis:
Royal Opera continues on Wednesday 30 May at 7.30pm with Falstaff and the programme closes with The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis:
Free deckchairs are available to make the experience more comfortable and concert goers are also encouraged to bring a picnic to really make the most of the evening.
Keep up-to-date with forthcoming events on Swansea’s London 2012 Live Site at www.swanseabigscreen.com
The BP Summer Big Screen performances are part of the ‘Swansea Bay Festival / Summer’ events programme.