Verdi’s Falstaff next up for Swansea’s opera lovers in Castle Square tonight

Castle Square is to host a free screening of Verdi's Falstaff live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
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May 30, 2012 - PRLog -- The BP Summer Big Screen performances continue this Wednesday with a rendition of Verdi’s Falstaff screened live from the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden to Swansea’s London 2012 Live Site in Castle Square.

The second of the three summer performances, Falstaff, will be broadcast on Wednesday 30 May from 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, starting at 6.30pm, and during the intermission.  

Verdi’s scintillating Shakespearian comedy is a feast of romance, intrigue and comic confusion. This lavish and exciting new production is set to captivate BP Summer Big Screen audiences all over the UK.  

Conductor Daniele Gatti aims to bring an authentic Italian sparkle to a joyful work performed as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

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.”

“Falstaff 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: Titian 2012. Initiatives such as this enable the Big Screens to bring iconic performances to the widest possible audiences across the UK.”

BP Summer Big Screen concludes with The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 on Monday 16 July.

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

The BP Summer Big Screen performances are part of the ‘Swansea Bay Festival / Summer’ events programme.
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