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 Free
Grand opera doesn’t come much grander than this – Verdi’s fourth revision of ‘Don Carlo’, the five-act score dating from 1886. Based on Schiller’s play of stolen love, political intrigue, religious hatred and dominance, jealousy, familial recrimination...Classical and opera Monday May 29 2017
It’s a third return for Laurent Pelly’s charming production of Donizetti’s bel canto romcom, updated to 1950s rural Italy.The evening is dominated (or should that be stolen) by lyric tenor Vittorio Grigolo who, from the moment he pops up, meercat-like,...Classical and opera Tuesday May 30 2017 - Thursday June 22 2017
The Royal Ballet:The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude / Tarantella / Strapless / Symphonic Dances
The statuesque principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky retires from the Royal Ballet after 23 years at the end of this season. It’s a rather lovely parting gift for the choreographer Liam Scarlett to have created his latest piece on her – the first time the...Ballet Wednesday May 31 2017
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 Wednesday June 14 2017 - Tuesday July 4 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 21 2017 - Saturday July 15 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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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.