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ROH and BBC enter co-production agreement

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The Royal Opera House is to co-produce content especially created for television under a new partnership it has entered into with the BBC.

The partnership, announced today, will see the two organisations work together on a number of commissions for 2012, with the content being broadcast on television prior to going on to the stage.

In a statement, the Corporation said the partnership will “see a greater mix of programmes on television, including documentaries on opera and ballet as well as productions giving audiences an insight into what goes into getting a new work to the stage”.

BBC music and events commissioning editor Jan Younghusband said: “This is a hugely exciting development for both organisations. We have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years now and this new creative relationship means we will not only continue to bring great performance to the viewers but co-commission new work with the Royal Opera House especially for TV.”

The partnership begins with a broadcast of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the new ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with music by Joby Talbot.

This will be aired on BBC2 April 23.

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