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Operas for free on Portsmouth Big Screen

Portsmouth people can enjoy fantastic live Royal Opera performances for free in July with two operas will be shown on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square.

La Traviata will be screened on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm, followed by Turandot on Friday 14 July at 7.30pm.

In La Traviata, Verdi’s most famous opera, Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris, and provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s gorgeous score.

Turandot, Puccini’s final opera, tells the story of Princess Turandot, who has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf, captivated by her beauty, takes up the challenge. It is strikingly staged by Andrei Serban.

The free screenings are part of a series of BP Big Screens Royal Opera events this summer.

Viewers are encouraged to bring picnics and something warm to wrap up in. The council will be providing limited seating, available on a first-come first-served basis. The screenings are rated 12a.

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