Altive Media is an independent distribution company set up in 2011. Altive Media acquires and distributes alternative content events worldwide across a variety of channels including theatrical, television and online.
Altive Media and English National Opera launched ENO Screen in 2013 offering a unique cinematic experience for audiences across the globe. The hugely successful series of live screenings has included award-winning production Peter Grimes, Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and a 2015 season of live screenings of La traviata, Mike Leigh’s operatic debut The Pirates of Penzance and Carmen.
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Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum. Just one snag. She's betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. And Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute – chop chop! Otherwise, it's his own neck on the block. Maybe Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement… without anyone losing their head? 'Irresistible… a brilliant comic performance.' **** The Stage. Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Jonathan Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible. 'Riotous production hits the funny bone once again' **** What'sOnStage. Distinguished bass Robert Lloyd sings the genial Mikado for the first time, 46 years after making his ENO debut, while Richard Suart, the acknowledged master of the Lord High Executioner’s pathological ‘little list’, returns as Ko-Ko. ENO Harewood Artists Mary Bevan and Anthony Gregory play the lovers Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo, while ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Fergus Macleod makes his company debut. 'Feels as fresh as paint… this fine cast make the evening hum' ****The Guardian
Opera | 140 min | PG | Released 3rd Dec 2015
Directed by: Jonathan Miller, Elaine Tyler-Hall
Starring: Richard Suart, Anthony Gregory, Mary Bevan, Graeme Danby, Yvonne Howard, Robert Lloyd
The Barber of Seville will have you smiling from the moment it begins. When grumpy Bartolo stands between his beautiful young ward Rosina and her lover Count Almaviva, there's only one person to call on: local barber and man-with-a-plan Figaro. But with Rosina kept under lock and key, can Figaro fix it for them? It could be a close shave. ‘Great fun and highly recommended’ ****The Guardian. Set in an elegant vision of 18th-century Seville, Jonathan Miller’s much-loved production is as side-splittingly funny as ever. For this revival, the talented Christopher Allen will conduct Rossini’s sparkling score, packed full of wit and playful tunes. A superb cast includes ENO favourite Andrew Shore (The Pirates of Penzance, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) in one of his signature roles as Dr Bartolo, former ENO Harewood Artist Kathryn Rudge as Rosina, and rising baritone Morgan Pearse as the barber Figaro.
Opera | 162 min | PG | Released 19th Oct 2015
Directed by: Jonathan Miller, Peter Relton
Starring: Morgan Pearse, Kathryn Rudge, Eleazar Rodriguez, Andrew Shore, Barnaby Rea, Katherine Broderick
A passionate tale of lust, seduction and betrayal, no other opera boasts as popular a following as Bizet’s Carmen. Set during the dying days of Franco’s Spain, Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of this must-see opera has been enjoyed by audiences across Europe. Bizet’s dazzling score evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive ‘Habanera’ to the Toreadors’ stirring parade. Sensational mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte leads the cast, alongside the internationally acclaimed tenor Eric Cutler as José, ENO Harewood Artist Eleanor Dennis as Micaëla and Leigh Melrose as the toreador Escamillo. Returning to the Coliseum to conduct this stunning production is Sir Richard Armstrong.
Opera | 154 min | 12A | Released 1st Jul 2015
Directed by: Calixto Bieito, Andy Morahan
Starring: Justina Gringyte, Eric Cutler, Eleanor Dennis, Leigh Melrose, Rhian Lois, Clare Presland
Sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes – Gilbert and Sullivan’s dazzling The Pirates of Penzance comes to ENO in a highly anticipated new production from renowned film maker and director Mike Leigh. This much-loved comic opera is a showcase of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit and features a sparkling score chock-full of memorable melodies and catchy tunes. With stylish designs from Alison Chitty, this vibrant production is conducted by David Parry. The superb cast includes the ever-versatile Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.
Opera | 149 min | PG | Released 19th May 2015
Directed by: Mike Leigh, Andy Morahan
Starring: Andrew Shore, Joshua Bloom, Robert Murray, Jonathan Lemalu, Claudia Boyle, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Violetta is the high-flying but fragile courtesan forced into surrendering all hope of personal happiness in order to protect her lover’s reputation. A moving tale of society and morality, this masterpiece combines characters you care about with powerful melodies you’ll recognise right away. It makes for one of the most emotionally engaging and popular operas of all time.
Opera | 133 min | U | Released 1st May 2015
Directed by: Peter Konwitschny, Mika Blauensteiner
Starring: Elizabeth Zharoff, Ben Johnson, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Clare Presland, Paul Hopwood, Matthew Hargreaves
Two entwined plots – Cellini's love for Teresa and his triumphant fulfilment of a commission to cast a bronze statue of Perseus – provide the framework for some of Berlioz's most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music, thrillingly conducted by Edward Gardner. The stellar cast is led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters (who performed Violetta in last year’s acclaimed La traviata) as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles. A co-production with De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam. Co-director & Movement director - Leah Hausman
Opera | 213 min | PG | Released 6th Jun 2014
Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Andy Morahan
Starring: Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters, Pavlo Hunka, Nicholas Pallesen, Willard White, Paula Murrihy
The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes's apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him and when his new apprentice accidently falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown. The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Britten's Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods. This is the first revival of David Alden's 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role. Co-produced by ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Conductor - Edward Gardner. Set Designer - Paul Steinberg. Costume Designer - Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting Designer - Adam Silverman. Choreographer - Maxine Braham
Opera | 212 min | 12A | Released 23rd Feb 2014
Directed by: David Alden, Andy Morahan
Starring: Stuart Skelton, Elza van den Heever, Iain Paterson, Rebecca de Pont Davies, Matthew Best, Leigh Melrose