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26/03/03
Opera Extends Giant Screen Test
- Free, open-air broadcasts planned for towns across UK

LIVE open-air broadcasts of Royal Opera House (ROH) productions are to be beamed free to towns across Britain as part of a new push to drive up the popularity of opera.

"We are working to engage the enthusiasm of a new generation and to entice more socially diverse audiences through our doors," said ROH executive director Tony Hall.

The ROH has beamed its productions live to a giant screen at the Covent Garden piazza, which is next door to the opera house, for three seasons, but now plans to do the same for screens at Canary Wharf in London's docklands area, Belfast, Gateshead, Liverpool and Sheffield.

"We are happy to be bringing the joy and wonder of opera and ballet to as wide an audience as possible," Hall said.

Productions planned for the special open-air screenings have so far been confirmed as: The Royal Ballet's Manon on May 26 (Covent Garden Piazza, Liverpool, Sheffield); The Royal Opera's The Magic Flute on July 1 (Covent Garden Piazza, Canary Wharf), and The Royal Opera's Pagliacci on July 16 (Covent Garden Piazza, Gateshead, Belfast).




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