Royal Opera House

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Royal Opera House address and telephone

Address:
Royal Opera House is located at: Bow Street, Covent Garden,
London WC2E 9DD
England
Telephone:
You can contact Royal Opera House on Work +44 (0) 207 304 4000
Website:
The Royal Opera House website can be visited at www.roh.org.uk

Royal Opera House opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Royal Opera House is open to the public from: Box office – 10 AM to 8 PM (Mon–Sat)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Royal Opera House

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Verdi's Il Trovatore, at the Royal Opera House   December –

Renee Fleming in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier   

> See all events at Royal Opera House

 

The Royal Opera House started out in 1732 as the Covent Garden Theatre, but a disastrous fire gutted it in 1808. A second theatre opened just one year later – but that burnt down in 1856.

The third and final theatre was renamed The Royal Opera House in 1892. Most of what we see today was refitted in 1996 at a cost of £210 million.

Royal Opera Company, and ballet

The building’s long history has led to it getting a number of great British debuts. For example, Mozart’s Don Giovanni was first performed here in 1817, as was The Marriage of Figaro. Other great operas to get a London airing include The Barber of Seville, and Puccini’s Tosca.

The vast majority of the productions are put on by the Royal Opera Company – England’s leading operatic company – but were joined in 1946 by the Royal Ballet.

The two companies now share an orchestra and chorus of forty-five singers.

 
  • TomK – “Best venue in London. You know its going to be good the minute you walk inside because its so ornate, just like an opera house should be. The seats are good and comfortable and the legroom is like sitting in first class on a plane. You've even got elbow room at the sides. I could probably fall asleep in them and have a good kip. The stage is first class too. It's so deep and the sets are like actual buildings. It looks like they have actually built a proper set behind the dancers out of bricks and stone. And 1 minute later that has all gone and maybe been replaced by a forest. It is amazing what they can do.”
  • ian meyer – “I've been to a couple of opera houses in my life -- the one in paris and the sydney opera house and I think this is probably 2nd after the one in paris which just looks fantastic. I dont like opera all that much (my wife drags me along) but I have find that there's still plenty to enjoy. The stage at the royal opera house is huge and the sets that I have seen look amazing. Sometimes they dont look like sets at all -- it looks like they have built actual proper concrete buildings on the stage, and I saw a forest once too. It is very well done. The best effect that I ever saw was in the nutcracker, when the christmas tree 'grew' by rising out of the stage until it was making the dancers look like midgets (which I think was the intention -- the dancers were 'shrinking' rather than the tree growing. But I’ll have to ask my wife!).”

> Events at Royal Opera House

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Verdi's "Il trovatore", which includes the famous "Anvil Chorus".

   Royal Opera House Covent GardenRenee Fleming will be starring in Richard Strauss' comedy opera "Der Rosenkavalier", at the Royal Opera House.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet will be performing Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Royal Opera House.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's "Written on Skin".

   to Royal Opera House Covent Garden"La Traviata" is one of Verdi's best-loved operas, and tells the story of a doomed love affair between Violetta and Alfredo.

   to Royal Opera House Covent Garden'Woolf Works' was inspired by scenes from three of Virginia Woolf's novels -- "Mrs Dalloway", "Orlando" and "The Waves".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of "Adriana Lecouvreur" — a romantic drama of unrequited love.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Wagner's comic opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg".

   to Royal Opera House Covent Garden'The Human Seasons' was inspired by John Keats' poem, which explains our lives as a cycle of seasons, from Spring to Winter.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet will be putting on a production of Christopher Wheeldon's "After The Rain".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenPuccini's 'Madama Butterfly' tells of the doomed love that Cio-Cio-San has for the American naval officer Pinkerton.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenJewels is a three-act ballet by George Balanchine which uses the music of Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on the premiere of Thomas Ades new opera, "The Exterminating Angel"

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Kenneth MacMillan's greatest ballet, "Mayerling".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be performing Verdi's "Don Carlo", an opera about love, ambition and intrigue in Spain.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Christopher Wheeldon's one-act ballet, "Strapless".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House will be performing 'The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude' by William Forsythe.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House will be putting on a performance of George Balanchine's "Tarantella".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenDonizetti's comedy opera "L'elisir d'amore" tells the story of Nemorino, who tries to woo his love with a fake love potion.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House will be putting on a performance of Frederick Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet will be performing 'The Dream', which is based on William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Frederick Ashton's "Symphonic Variations".

   to Royal Opera House Covent Garden"La Traviata" is one of Verdi's best-loved operas, and tells the story of a doomed love affair between Violetta and Alfredo.

   to Royal Opera House Covent Garden"Otello" uses Shakespeare's tragic plot as the basis for one of Verdi's best-loved opera scores.

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of one of Mozart's early operas, "Mitridate, re di Ponto"

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Puccini's "Turandot", famous for its dramatic aria "Nessun Dorma".

   to Royal Opera House Covent GardenThe Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice', by Andre Tchaikowsky.

If you like Royal Opera House, then you might also like…

> Royal Festival Hall Royal Festival Hall is one of London’s main concert venues, and is part of the Southbank Centre.
> London Coliseum The London Coliseum is home to both the English National Opera and the Royal Festival Ballet.
> Cadogan Hall Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square is one of London’s best venues for classical music.
 

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