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: Don Giovanni
Mozart's opera follows a womaniser who gets sucked into a dark web of intrigue. Kasper Holten's 2014 production uses video projection and splashy, abstract images to explore its anti-hero's mental states, in a dark, beautiful take on the operatic tra...Classical and opera Tuesday July 17 2018
Royal Opera: La Boheme
Richard Jones's stylish take on Puccini's romantic classic is back at Royal Opera House for its first revival. Stewart Laing's impressive set design puts its star-crossed pair of lovers under a vast, twinkling sky, while Jones's production is rich in...Classical and opera Friday July 20 2018
Royal Opera: Das Rheingold
The Royal Opera House's 2018 Autumn season opens with Keith Warner directing Wagner's four-opera masterpiece 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'. The first opera in the tetralogy, 'The Rheingold' sets the scene, when the dwarf Albrecht steals the gold from the...Classical and opera Monday September 24 2018 - Friday October 26 2018
Part of the Royal Opera House's Autumn staging of Wagner's four-opera masterpiece 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Keith Warner, 'Die Walküre' sees the Valkyrie Brünnhilde having to decide if she should disobey her father Wotan and save the life...Classical and opera Wednesday September 26 2018 - Sunday October 28 2018
Royal Opera: Siegfried
The Royal Opera's epic revival of director Keith Warner's staging of Wagner’s four-opera masterpiece 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' continues with 'Siegfried'. In the third opera in the tetralogy, Siegfried has grown up and realises his destiny. He reforges...Classical and opera Saturday September 29 2018 - Wednesday October 31 2018
The Royal Opera's epic staging of Wagner's four-opera masterpiece 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' finishes up with 'Götterdämmerung', the final opera in the tetralogy. Events culminate in tragedy as the curse of the ring continues to take effect. The conductor...Classical and opera Monday October 1 2018 - Friday November 2 2018
Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan's appointment as director of the Royal Ballet in 1970 marked the moment when British ballet grew up. MacMillan had moved away from fairytale topics into more adult territory and emotions, and 'Mayerling' from 1978 is a...Ballet Monday October 8 2018 - Tuesday October 30 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.