News: BBC & ROH announce new partnership

Friday 8 April 2011

Royal Ballet 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', Lauren Cuthbertson. Photo: Johan Persson

The Royal Ballet’s new full length production Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 23 April at 2.30pm immediately preceded by a documentary about the making of the ballet at 2pm. Alice, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with music specially composed by Joby Talbot and designs by Bob Crowley has only recently had a sell out premiere season and this broadcast marks a new strategic partnership between the Royal Opera House and the BBC which will see greater creative collaboration between the two organisations. For 2012 they will co-produce new commissions created especially for television prior to live performance on stage, as well as continuing to showcase some of the world’s finest opera and ballet.

Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor BBC Music & Events said: “This is a hugely exciting development for both organisations. We have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years now and this new creative relationship means we will not only continue to bring great performance to the viewers but co-commission new work with the Royal Opera House especially for TV. “
__*Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House* said: “I’m delighted that we’re entering a new stage in our relationship with the BBC to make innovative programmes on both opera and ballet as well as to show some of our productions on television. This builds on the hugely successful Opera Italia series presented by Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano in 2010 and will bring these two wonderful art forms to millions of viewers in new ways.”

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