LONDON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Britain's leading opera company the Royal Opera launched its season of global live broadcasts of opera and ballet performances with a production of Giacomo Puccini's 'Turandot'.
The live broadcast reached 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries and regions.
A spokeswoman for the ROH, which is based in London's Covent Garden, said Wednesday that the broadcast was the second highest grossing film at the UK box office Tuesday night. International figures are not yet available.
ROH music director Antonio Pappano told Xinhua just before the start of the broadcast, "I've conducted one of these live shows, but I have never seen one myself, so this is a first for me."
He added, "At Covent Garden we have many of the finest singers and dancers performing. It is very exciting to know there is an interest and appetite for our work around the world, and this season includes six new productions."
"It is right to share these performances with people around the world who, for geographic reasons, are unable to share performances of this quality. Cinema enables us to do this and make it affordable for people wherever they live," said Pappano.
'Turandot' was the first of a season of live broadcasts of opera and ballet live from the the stage at the ROH.
The season totals 10 separate productions, including the ballets 'Don Quixote' and 'Giselle', as well as Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni', and Wagner's 'Parsifal'.