Palace Opera & Ballet 2020

Exclusive Tasmanian screenings! Join us for screenings of performances from the top European houses in Paris, Verona and Milan. Makes for mouth-watering viewing.

“If, like me, you simply cannot get enough opera, the advent of high definition screenings has been a dream come true. Palace Opera & Ballet continues to lead the field in Australia with this year’s crop courtesy of Opéra National de Paris, Milan’s iconic La Scala and the outdoor Arena di Verona.” - - - Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

Ticket Prices

The ticket prices for this season of the Palace Opera Ballet are:


Adults: $24
Concession: $21
Senior: $18

These tickets can be purchased at our box office, or by following the links for the films below.


Films

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words

Experience the stars of The Royal Ballet, renowned as the world’s superior actor-dancers, in a groundbreaking reimagining of the best-known love story of all time.

As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Julie should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. That very day, disastrous circumstances lead Romeo to fight Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, setting off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy… It’s a story everyone knows, but it’s never been told quite like this.

Featuring the current generation of stars of The Royal Ballet, led by William Bracewell as Romeo and Francesca Hayward at Juliet in their feature film debuts, Emma award-winning fimmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt restage and direct Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s remarkable choreography – taking it out of the theatre and onto the streets – in an audacious first in contemporary filmmaking.

The score, a unique version of Prokofiev’s original, was recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The 85 players were conducted by renowned Royal Opera House Music Director Koen Kessels.

Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words

Experience the stars of The Royal Ballet, renowned as the world’s superior actor-dancers, in a groundbreaking reimagining of the best-known love story of all time.

As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Julie should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. That very day, disastrous circumstances lead Romeo to fight Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, setting off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy… It’s a story everyone knows, but it’s never been told quite like this.

Featuring the current generation of stars of The Royal Ballet, led by William Bracewell as Romeo and Francesca Hayward at Juliet in their feature film debuts, Emma award-winning fimmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt restage and direct Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s remarkable choreography – taking it out of the theatre and onto the streets – in an audacious first in contemporary filmmaking.

The score, a unique version of Prokofiev’s original, was recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The 85 players were conducted by renowned Royal Opera House Music Director Koen Kessels.
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La Scala: Requiem Mass

Combining religious grandeur with operatic drama and passion, Verdi’s towering choral masterpiece Messa da Requiem is an exhilarating and compelling exploration of grief and devotion, containing writing that is equally exquisite for both chorus and soloists.

This stirring La Scala performance at Milan’s Cathedral, conducted by maestro Riccardo Chailly and featuring four top-flight soloists, was staged to honour the victims of COVID-19, and to offer a profound message of consolation - a return to life through music. “Tonight, Milan shows its wounds.” -Monsignor Mario Delpini, Archbishop of Milan.

La Scala: Requiem Mass

Combining religious grandeur with operatic drama and passion, Verdi’s towering choral masterpiece Messa da Requiem is an exhilarating and compelling exploration of grief and devotion, containing writing that is equally exquisite for both chorus and soloists.

This stirring La Scala performance at Milan’s Cathedral, conducted by maestro Riccardo Chailly and featuring four top-flight soloists, was staged to honour the victims of COVID-19, and to offer a profound message of consolation - a return to life through music. “Tonight, Milan shows its wounds.” -Monsignor Mario Delpini, Archbishop of Milan.
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Opéra de Paris: MANON

New Production! When, in 1731, Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut - the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon - he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its ashes.

Manon (Pretty Yende) must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux (Benjamin Bernheim). A parenthesis opens, only to close again in suffering and obscurity.

With this new Paris Opera production, director Vincent Huguet casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.

Opéra de Paris: MANON

New Production! When, in 1731, Abbé Prévost wrote L’Histoire du chevalier Des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut - the work that inspired Massenet’s Manon - he portrayed an entire era, that of the Regency, which saw the old order fade away and a new order, full of the promise of unprecedented freedom, rise from its ashes.

Manon (Pretty Yende) must make her way between these two worlds, fleeing the convent in order to embrace the paths of desire and transgression, throwing herself headlong into a burning and destructive passion with Des Grieux (Benjamin Bernheim). A parenthesis opens, only to close again in suffering and obscurity.

With this new Paris Opera production, director Vincent Huguet casts the work’s customary taffeta aside in order to bring out its violence to the full.
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Royal Ballet: Giselle

The greatest of all Romantic era ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic, set to Adolphe Adam’s exquisite score, is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

Recorded in 2016, this much-loved staging stars principal dancers Marianela Nuñez as the innocent peasant girl Giselle and Vadim Muntagirov as her duplicitous lover Albrect.

A ballet of two contrasting worlds, Act I requires the ballerina to appear naive and artless, her dancing alive with earthy enthusiasm. In Act II she transforms into light and air as she exists in a spectral, moonlit beauty.

With its combination of a memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet. A beautiful production, simply stunning on the big screen.

Royal Ballet: Giselle

The greatest of all Romantic era ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic, set to Adolphe Adam’s exquisite score, is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

Recorded in 2016, this much-loved staging stars principal dancers Marianela Nuñez as the innocent peasant girl Giselle and Vadim Muntagirov as her duplicitous lover Albrect.

A ballet of two contrasting worlds, Act I requires the ballerina to appear naive and artless, her dancing alive with earthy enthusiasm. In Act II she transforms into light and air as she exists in a spectral, moonlit beauty.

With its combination of a memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet. A beautiful production, simply stunning on the big screen.
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Royal Opera: Manon Lescaut

Puccini’s inaugural triumph returned to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann starring.

Jonathan Kent’s present day-set production finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve.

The sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterised by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, from Des Grieux and Manon’s passionate duet ‘Vedete? Io son fedele’ to the overwhelming desolation of Manon’s final aria ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’.

Royal Opera House Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano conducts.

Royal Opera: Manon Lescaut

Puccini’s inaugural triumph returned to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann starring.

Jonathan Kent’s present day-set production finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve.

The sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterised by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, from Des Grieux and Manon’s passionate duet ‘Vedete? Io son fedele’ to the overwhelming desolation of Manon’s final aria ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’.

Royal Opera House Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano conducts.
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Royal Opera: Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes in acclaimed film and stage director Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting 2002 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent opera, with Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić as the murderous Macbeths, leading a great cast.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy, the opera is the composer at his most theatrical - bristling with demonic energy. Lloyd's production, set to Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera which includes Lady M’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’, is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds.

Captured live in 2018, this performance features Royal Opera House Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano. on the podium.

Royal Opera: Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes in acclaimed film and stage director Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting 2002 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent opera, with Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić as the murderous Macbeths, leading a great cast.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy, the opera is the composer at his most theatrical - bristling with demonic energy. Lloyd's production, set to Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera which includes Lady M’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’, is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds.

Captured live in 2018, this performance features Royal Opera House Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano. on the podium.
MORE / TRAILER

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Peter Wright’s much-loved 1984 production is a festive treat for the whole family and an iconic staging with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

It’s Christmas Eve and young Clara (Francesca Hayward) and her enchanted nutcracker doll (Australia's Alexander Campbell) are swept away on a magical journey from the family living room to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, Julia Trevelyan Oman’s gorgeous stage designs and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing - including a sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy (Lauren Cuthbertson) and her Prince (Federico Bonelli) – makes for a charming and magical experience.

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Peter Wright’s much-loved 1984 production is a festive treat for the whole family and an iconic staging with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

It’s Christmas Eve and young Clara (Francesca Hayward) and her enchanted nutcracker doll (Australia's Alexander Campbell) are swept away on a magical journey from the family living room to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, Julia Trevelyan Oman’s gorgeous stage designs and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing - including a sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy (Lauren Cuthbertson) and her Prince (Federico Bonelli) – makes for a charming and magical experience.
MORE / TRAILER