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The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly - At Vue Tuesday 27 September, Encore Sunday 2 October

Set in 19th-century Japan, Puccini's heart-rending opera tells the tale of Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer – and pays the ultimate price.

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The Royal Opera House: Aida - At Vue Wednesday 12 October, Encore Sunday 16 October

Love and duty collide and nations clash in Verdi’s political drama, starring Elena Stikhina and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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The Royal Opera House: La Boheme - At Vue Thursday 20 October, Encore Sunday 23 October

Puccini's opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak features a star-studded cast, conducted by Kevin John Edusei.

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The Royal Opera House: The Barber of Seville - At Vue Wenesday 15 February 2023, Encore Sunday 19 February 2023

With vocal fireworks, scheming lovers and one very busy barber, Rossini’s comic opera is packed with fun and mischief.

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The Royal Opera House: Turandot - At Vue Wednesday 22 March 2023, Encore Sunday 26 March 2023

Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

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The Royal Opera House: The Marriage of Figaro - At Vue 27 April 2023, Encore 30 April 2023

Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

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The Royal Opera House: Il Trovatore - At Vue 13 June 2023, Encore 18 June 202

A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

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Which world-class opera performance will you be watching at Vue?

This is not a cinema – this is a legendary opera house. It’s heart-breaking arias, the swelling of the orchestra, the spectacle of radically re-imagined set designs. It’s the heartbreak and the betrayal, the passion and the jealousy and the murder. It’s thunderous applause and a standing ovation. It’s high-octane, high-intensity and high-octave. It’s Big Screen Opera. 

We broadcast the best opera performances live from the Royal Opera House, the Met and Opera Australia using 4k projectors and Dolby surround sound so you can experience every high note. Even members of the orchestra can’t see each stitch on the soprano’s cape or the twinkle in her eye when her lover enters stage right – but at Vue, you can.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

We show two types of Big Screen Opera: live showings (which are captured and broadcast as they happen) and encore showings (live broadcasts that have been taped). There are no adverts or trailers played before live performances. Arrive right on time so you don’t miss a minute.

If the live performance has an interval or two, the broadcast will too. You can compare favourite arias with your friends or order a drink at the bar. 

If you experienced a moment that makes your heart jump a beat, you might like to shout ‘brava!’ for a woman, ‘bravo!’ for a man or ‘brevi!’ for everyone. Clap and cheer as long and loud as you want.

This is not a cinema – this is a legendary opera house. 

WHAT TO TRY NEXT

If you love the heart-swelling arias of Big Screen Opera, try some contemporary acts with Big Screen Music