Having secured its position as one of the world’s great opera houses following a turn-of-the-century refurbishment, the Royal Opera House has been able to conduct something of a PR campaign: in a bold move to woo new audiences, the opening performance of 2008’s ‘Don Giovanni’ was made exclusive to Sun readers at knockdown rates and beamed live to a chain of cinemas, and the Ignite Festival draws punters in with a terrific range of art installations, films and performances. Opera, of course is still the main attraction, but ballet too has become a parallel draw and the ROH is also home to The Royal Ballet. The company’s own Carlos Acosta can be seen bounding across stage, and the Royal Opera House regularly invites visiting companies such as The Bolshoi. Meanwhile the venue’s smaller spaces – Linbury Studio Theatre and Clore Studio – offer a line-up of experimental and independent dance and music works. The Royal Opera House is a Grade I-listed building, and with its beautiful modern additions it is a striking Covent Garden landmark. Book in advance for a behind-the-scenes tour.
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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
A commission by artist Yinka Shonibare, produced by Up Projects for the Royal Opera House. Titled 'Globe Head Ballerina', the work is inspired by a famous photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Shonibare's sculpture depicts a life-size ballerina, modelled...Installation Until Sunday June 18 2017 FreeRead more
Gabriel Prokofiev’s Nonclassical club night invades the rarified interior of the ROH, albeit the extensive bar/dining area of the Paul Hamlyn Hall. As part of the Deloitte Ignite series, he is joined by artists from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet,...Alternative nightlife Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015Read more
The bad boy of contemporary dance Hofesh Shechter brings his triumphant, intense and completely exhilarating dance/rock-gig mash-up 'Political Mother' (7 & 8 October) back to London this October as part of festival '#Hofest'. This time, though, the piece...Contemporary and experimental Monday September 14 2015 - Thursday October 8 2015Read more
While the curtain is sporting hues of red (the Blood of Christ?) and incorporating an ever-widening mouth (no prizes for thinking temptation here), the glorious Prelude to Act I of ‘Parsifal’ steals in to stem the audience’s hubbub. Transporting and spacious,...Classical and opera Tuesday December 15 2015Read more
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You can now have afternoon tea in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House - such a beautiful setting for a tasty and beautifully presented tea. Full details and photos on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/10/royal-opera-house-afternoon-tea/
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Can't wait to visit london and watch Le nozze di Figaro
This is a great venue which also has another side to it. Companies hire the upper terrace to host private parties. The terrace overlooks Covent Garden and there is lots of space to include a live ensemble as background music. My steel drum band ensemble covered a company event here and the staff were great, the service was good and everything just had a really nice feel about it. I recommend this venue.
The Royal Opera House is a very special building. There is such a special atmosphere around the whole building and the performances staged are world class. You can't really go wrong here.