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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Richard Eyre's traditional staging of Verdi's tragic love story returns to the Royal Opera House. Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters share the part of Violetta, the self-sacrificing courtesan of the title, who risks everything for love in 19th century...Classical and opera Until Tuesday July 4 2017
Mitridate, re di Ponto
Mozart cemented his reputation as one of history's greatest child prodigies with this full-length opera, which premiered when he was only 14 years old. 'Mitridate, re di Ponto' is a challenging, emotive work with a libretto that's based on a Racine play....Classical and opera Monday June 26 2017 - Friday July 7 2017
Royal Opera: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
Christophe Rousset conducts a talented cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick's acclaimed production of Mozart's early opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Classical and opera Monday June 26 2017 - Friday July 7 2017
Verdi fans, you're in for a treat: Keith Wardner is following up his Olivier Award-winning 2002 'Wozzeck' with a brand new production of 'Otello' for the Royal Opera House. He'll update this intense Shakespearean story of love and jealousy in a stylish...Classical and opera Wednesday June 28 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017
It is much claimed that Puccini’s final, unfinished (by him) opera contains his best music. And while it offers a first act dominated by atmospheric choral singing, much trademark gloriously soaring orchestra and the tenor aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, it lacks...Classical and opera Wednesday July 5 2017 - Sunday July 16 2017
Welsh National Opera: The Merchant Of Venice
Keith Warner directs Andre Tchaikowsky's adaptation of the famous drama with Martin Wolfel as Antonio and Bruce Sledge as Lorenzo. Sung in English with surtitles in English and Welsh.Classical and opera Wednesday July 19 2017 - Thursday July 20 2017
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This is one of my favourite venues in London to see the ballet. The theatre itself is absolutely stunning and takes my breath away every time I visit. The very cheap seats up the back of the Amphitheatre I find are excellent value (sometimes as little as £10), with an unobstructed view of the stage. It is a fair distance away from the stage, but I have never had an issue in being able to see a performance, and it is nice to be able to afford to see several different ballets in a year. The ROH website also has a very handy function that lets you view both the type of seat you are booking (some of the super cheap seats are bar stools) and the view of the stage from that seat. I also recently discovered that up on the entrance to the Stalls there is an outdoor terrace through the revolving door that is a nice spot to get some fresh air during interval. For the super thrifty you can also obtain standing only tickets which will normally only set you back a fiver (although I wouldn't recommend this for some of the longer performances).
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/
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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.