The Royal Opera House in London is to stage live performances for the first time since the venue forced to shut in March due to corona virus.
ROH’s director of music Antonio Pappano and BBC presenter Anita Rani will host three performances which will be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook but performed in front of an empty auditorium.
The concerts are being curated by Pappano, Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare and Royal Opera director Oliver Mears and will feature ballet and opera including a world premiere by Wayne McGregor.
A select group of performers will be present at the ROH for the shows – which will take place within social distancing guidelines – however the building still remains closed to the public.
Performers for the first concert will include singers Louise Alder, Toby Spence and Gerald Finley, as well as dancers from the Royal Ballet.
The first show, on 13 June, will be broadcast for free, however the following two performances – on 20 and 27 June – will be available to watch live or on demand for £4.99 each.