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Royal Opera House – Opera and Ballet

Experience the spellbinding performances from the Royal Opera House season 18/19 exclusively in Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building)! Highlights of the season from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet include the star-studded ‘La forza del destino’ with priceless singing from Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, Liam Scarlett's new version of ‘Swan Lake’ which blew audiences and critics away, plus ‘La traviata’, ‘Faust’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of fascinating productions and passionate performances – perfect for both opera and ballet newbie as well as enthusiast!
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Experience the spellbinding performances from the Royal Opera House season 18/19 exclusively in Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building)! Highlights of the season from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet include the star-studded ‘La forza del destino’ with priceless singing from Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, Liam Scarlett's new version of ‘Swan Lake’ which blew audiences and critics away, plus ‘La traviata’, ‘Faust’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of fascinating productions and passionate performances – perfect for both opera and ballet newbie as well as enthusiast!
Romeo and Juliet (Royal Opera House)
197 Minutes
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece.
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with the Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the sto-ry’s tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.
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La traviata (Royal Opera House)
213 Minutes
Alfredo Germont and the courtesan Violetta Valéry fall in love at a party in Violetta's Paris salon. Alfredo is determined to cure Violetta of her tuberculosis, and the couple leave Paris and begin a contented life in the country. But Violetta's happiness is destroyed when Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont pays her a visit.
Richard Eyre's stunning naturalistic production contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for Violetta with Alfredo and Giorgio Germont, culminating in the heart-breaking final act. Verdi's sublime score contains some of his most inspired arias and duets, including Vio-letta's introspective 'Ah fors'è lui' and hedonistic 'Sempre libera', Violetta and Germont's poignant Act II encounter and Alfredo and Violetta's 'Parigi, o cara', in which they dream of a happy future.
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La forza del destino (Royal Opera House)
258 Minutes
The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alva-ro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro acci-dentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated dur-ing their escape. Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.
‘La forza del destino’ is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular pro-duction reflects the kaleidoscopic nature of Verdi's opera, where intense personal dramas play out against a background of war, and in which religion plays an ambiguous role. Conducted by Antonio Pap-pano, a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier.
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Swan Lake (Royal Opera House)
205 Minutes
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa’s royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.
Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. Since then there has been a succession of productions. This Season the Company creates a new production with additional choreog-raphy by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Scarlett, while remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.
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Faust (Royal Opera House)
231 Minutes
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul.
Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers includ-ing Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott. This production draws insightful parallels between Faust and Gounod, a composer torn between piety and worldly and romantic success. The variety of set-tings mirrors the variety in Gounod's score, highlights of which include Méphistophélès's demonic aria 'Le veau d'or', Marguerite's dazzling coloratura Jewel Song, the Act IV Soldiers' Chorus and Act V's impas-sioned trio as Marguerite struggles to achieve salvation.
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All Time Classics

Is there any movie that you can watch over and over again without getting tired of? Classics are classic because their qualities transcend time – they never fail to make you laugh, cry, warm your heart, make you overwhelmed, even enlightened. Join us at Emperor Cinemas this September to December, be invited to experience the all-time classics from the glorious 1990s on screen!
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Is there any movie that you can watch over and over again without getting tired of? Classics are classic because their qualities transcend time – they never fail to make you laugh, cry, warm your heart, make you overwhelmed, even enlightened. Join us at Emperor Cinemas this September to December, be invited to experience the all-time classics from the glorious 1990s on screen!
Fight Club (All Time Classics)
139 Minutes
A chronic insomniac (Edward Norton) desperate to escape his excruciatingly boring life. That's when he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charismatic soap salesman with a twisted philosophy. Tyler believes self-improvement is for the weak - it's self-destruction that really makes life worth living. Before long, they are beating each other to a pulp in a bar parking lot, a cathartic slugfest that delivers the ultimate high. To introduce other men to the simple joys of physical violence, they form a secret Fight Club that becomes wildly successful. But there's a shocking surprise that will change everything...
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Notting Hill (All Time Classics)
123 Minutes
A nervous and ordinary bookshop owner in Notting Hill (Hugh Grant) accidentally meets the world's most famous movie actress (Julia Roberts). It seems like a dream that they fall for each other. Being the focus of the press photographers, they feel the great pressure and finally separate. One year later, he meets her again. In front of the world, he asks if she would reconsider being with him. She says...
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The Silence of the Lambs (All Time Classics)
119 Minutes
“Stunning” (Los Angeles Times), ‘spellbinding” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “shockingly powerful” (New York Magazine), this terrifying masterpiece garnered five 1991 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress. A psychopath is kidnapping and murdering young women across the midwest. Believing it takes one to know one to know one, the F.B.I. sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide psychological insight and clues to the killer's actions. The prisoner, psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins), is a brilliant, murderous cannibal who will only help starling if she will feed his morbid curiosity with detail about her own complicated life. This twisted relationship forces Starling not only to confront her psycho logical demons, but also brings her face to face with a demented, heinous killer, an incarnation of evil so powerful, that she may not have the courage-or stop him!
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Ghost (All Time Classics)
127 Minutes
Think of the most touching love story you ever saw. Think, too of the brightest comedy, the most astonishing supernatural tale and a sleek mystery-thriller. Did you come up with four separate films? Or are you among the millions of fans and critics who've discovered Ghost, the #1 film of 1990?
Ghost will surprise you, delight you, make you believe. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. The word of mouth is that Ghost is a must-see romance, says Entertainment Weekly. Ditto to that!
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Saving Private Ryan (All Time Classics)
169 Minutes
Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.
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Forrest Gump (All Time Classics)
142 Minutes
Like the movie itself, this line from Forrest Gump became an instant classic and an inspiration to millions of people worldwide.
Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest in this acclaimed film from director Robert Zemeckis that rocketed to box-office history and touched the hearts of filmgoers like no other movie. Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honours to the arms of his one true love. Forrest is the embodiment of an era, an innocent at large in an America that is losing its innocence. His heart knows what his limited IQ cannot. His moral compass never wavers. His triumphs become an inspiration to us all. Forrest Gump. It's the story of a lifetime.
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