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, or just drop in for a visit: the foyer spaces (refurbished in 2018), café, restaurant and bar are open to the public every day from 10am.
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Month of Sundays Festival
The Royal Opera House is hosting a festival of affordable, immersive experiences that allow visitors to delve into the history of the iconic venue. The programme will be taking place every Sunday in November, and will include sessions ranging from transforming...Classes and workshops Until Sunday November 25 2018
This review is from 2013. 'Simon Boccanegra' returns to Royal Opera House in Autumn 2018, starring Marcelo Álvarez Political intrigue and double-dealings, love across a divide and a child out of wedlock, revenge threatened on one Genoan family by another,...Classical and opera Until Monday December 10 2018
Royal Ballet: Infra
Contemporary artist Julian Opie's known for his pared-down portraits (including a famous Blur album cover) but he's also collaborated with top choreographer Wayne MacGregor on this 20018 work. 'Infra' sees giant LED figures float above the stage while...Ballet Tuesday November 20 2018 - Thursday November 29 2018
Royal Ballet: The Unknown Soldier Mixed Bill
The star attraction of Royal Ballet's Autumn mixed bill is 'The Unknown Soldier', a new work by Alastair Marriott that's inspired by the WWI centenary. He'll team up with visionary designer Es Devlin to make a visually intense new contemporary ballet....Ballet Tuesday November 20 2018 - Thursday November 29 2018
Royal Opera: Carmen
Barrie Kosky lively, and more than a little controversial take on 'Carmen' fuses vaudeville and opera. Forget the Spanish kitsch - this version is full of slick monochrome stylings, white-faced performers, and plenty of cheeky humour.Classical and opera Friday November 30 2018 - Saturday December 22 2018
'The Nutcracker' returns to Royal Opera House in December 2018. This review is from 2015. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’. Tchaikovsky’s 1892 piece, with its dancing dolls, feisty mice and fairies, all sugared over with snowflakes...Ballet Monday December 3 2018 - Tuesday January 15 2019
Hansel and Gretel
The Royal Opera House is launching a new production of 'Hansel and Gretel' just in time for Christmas, directed and designed by Antony McDonald. This operatic take on a fairy story is the work of composer Humperdinck and his sister, the librettist Adelheid...Classical and opera Tuesday December 11 2018 - Saturday December 29 2018
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Been a couple of times now and can safely say that it pays to pay for good seats because being able to see in detail is rather important when it's ballet (no words) or opera (surtitles). There's a mix of old and new world in terms of what's on and its patrons. Recommend either doing it casual or going all out like ordering something for the intermissions and dressing up. Balcony right - the view ain't great, you can't see the sides...
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/
Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com
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.
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