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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Royal Opera: From The House Of The Dead
Krzysztof Warlikowski directs Janacek's compelling and claustrophobic piece, on the semi-autobiographical recollections of Russian writer Dostoyevsky, who survived the firing squad as a result of a last minute reprieve from the Tsar. Mark Wigglesworth...Classical and opera Until Saturday March 24 2018
'Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary' review
Leonard Bernstein drew on intriguingly diverse inspirations for his extraordinary musical legacy. This triple bill of dance works, part of the worldwide Bernstein centenary celebrations, gave a good taster, with the music chosen for each in turn inspired...Ballet Friday March 23 2018 - Monday April 9 2018
‘Manon’ returns for 2018 with a new company. This review is from 2014 Leave the children at home for this salacious ballet. For the past 40 years, Kenneth’s MacMillan’s three-act masterpiece, adapted from Abbé Prévost’s book ‘L’Histoire du Chevalier...Ballet Thursday March 29 2018 - Wednesday May 16 2018
Royal Ballet: Obsidian Tear
From surreal ragtime to classical discipline, the Royal Ballet's three resident choreographers will show off their varied modus operandi in this mixed bill. It kicks off with Wayne McGregor's 2016 work 'Obsidian Tear', which casts nine men as mysterious...Ballet Saturday April 14 2018 - Friday May 11 2018
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano conducts Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen, Frank Martin's Sechs Monologe Aus Jedermann, Shostakovich's Eight British And American Folk Songs and Elgar's Variations On An Original Theme (Enigma), with baritone Christian Gerhaher.Classical and opera Monday April 23 2018
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House: Lessons In Love And Violence
Katie Mitchell directs the collaborative work from composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp in a co-production with six other opera houses from across the world. Sung in English with surtitles.Classical and opera Thursday May 10 2018 - Saturday May 26 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/
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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.