Nine Covent Garden productions, and 11 productions from The Metropolitan Opera,New York are to be shown in cinemas around the world later this year.
The Met, which has been running a cinema season since 2006, will be broadcasting shows live including Wagner’s Siegfried, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and Massenet’s Manon.
The Royal Opera House’s (ROH) programme, meanwhile, includes productions from the Royal Ballet, including Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty on 15 December, as well as operas such as Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) in January 2012, starring Joyce DiDonato.
Other highlights from the ROH include Bryn Terfel in Puccini’s Tosca, to be screened in November this year, and Angela Gheorghiu in Adriana Lecouvreur, to be broadcast this October.
Both houses will be broadcasting productions of Gounod’s Faust – Gheorghiu stars in the Covent Garden production while Jonas Kaufmann and Marina Poplavskaya will be singing among the lead roles in New York.
The Royal Opera House cinema season will be shown in more than 140 cinemas in the UK and more than 600 cinemas around the world. They launched their first cinema season in 2008, following the success of the Live in HD scheme run by the Metropolitan Opera.