The Royal Opera House announces new strategic partnership with the BBC

April 8, 2011

Ballet, Press Releases


08 APRIL 2011


Following its sell-out premiere season at the Royal Opera House in February, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the new ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with music specially composed by Joby Talbot and designs by award-winning Bob Crowley, heralds the new strategic partnership between the Royal Opera House and the BBC.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be broadcast on BBC TWO on Saturday 23 April at 2.30pm immediately preceded by a documentary exploring the making of the ballet at 2pm.

The new strategic partnership involves greater creative collaboration between the two organisations and builds on the long-standing relationship across both television and radio. The Royal Opera House and the BBC will come together to co-produce new commissions for 2012created especially for television prior to live performance on the stage as well as continuing to showcase some of the world’s finest opera and ballet.

This long-term partnership will also see a greater mix of programmes on television including documentaries on opera and ballet as well as productions giving audiences an insight into what goes into getting a new work to the stage. 

BBC Radio 3’s relationship with the Royal Opera House will continue to be a significant partnership with up to 15 works broadcast each year in Opera on 3. Music Matters and In Tune reflecting the work of both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

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.”

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length work in 18 years. Packed to the brim with strange and wonderful characters from Lewis Carroll’s novel, this new work is an assault on the senses with intricate designs depicting the weird world in which Alice finds herself, after falling down a rabbit-hole.

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