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Oarsome The Royal Opera's major new production of Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice opens in less than two weeks. David McVicar's staging - pictured here in rehearsal - will be the opera's first staging at the ROH since 1992, and stars Gerald Finley and Mark Padmore. We'll have more snaps from behind the scenes over the coming weeks. #ROHvenice
Sunday Funday It's Family Sunday time at the Royal Opera House and this weekend we've a feast of fun in store. Our regular Family Sundays feature creative and practical activities for children and adults alike, with space to relax and enjoy live music in an informal setting. #royaloperahouse
Bright young things On Monday 11 November we will be hosting TheatreCraft at the Royal Opera House - the UK’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16-30 seeking offstage roles in theatre. There will be workshops, Q&As, networking opportunities and much more. If you’re aged 16-30 and interested in a career in theatre, we’d love to see you here. Sign up for your free place via the link in bio. #theatrecraft19
As well as all the classic characters you'd expect (slumbering Princess✔️, dashing Prince✔️, kindly fairies✔️), The Royal Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty also features a host of fairytale characters, including Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Here the characters are played by @gpg8 and @tomasmock. Catch the production on stage now, or live in cinemas around the world on 16 January 2019 #ROHbeauty
Sing is in the air Always wanted to try your hand at singing opera? Come along to one of our regular Sing at the Royal Opera House events, where all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in and explore some of the world’s biggest tunes. Head to our website to find out more.
Kicking and screening On Tuesday night The Royal Ballet’s triple bill Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III was relayed to cinemas around the world. This exciting mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company, with ballets by MacMillan, Ashton and Petipa. If you missed it - do not worry - Encore screenings begin this weekend! Head to our website to find your nearest cinema. Pictured here is Soloist Isabella Gasparini in costume for Raymonda. Photo via @gasparini.isabella #ROHconcertomixed
Fairy pleased to meet you How great is this throwback snap from 1960? It shows artists of The Royal Ballet backstage during Cinderella, including the Company’s mid-century star Antoinette Sibley on the left
Better late than never Save the date - on 17 November the Royal Opera House is throwing its doors open after dark for our first ROH Late of the new Season. Come along and enjoy an evening filled with live performances, music and dance. You will be surprised, entranced and entertained as the Royal Opera House appears as never before… Head to the link in bio to find out more and book tickets.
And then there were Manon After over a month of fantastic performances, tonight Manon has its final performance on the Main Stage. Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet. Pictured here are Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell during the curtain call. Did you see this fantastic ballet? Photo by @robsallnow #ROHmanon
Key players Starting to make plans for this weekend? Round up the kids and come along to our Family Sunday - it’s a great day out for the whole family and is a fantastic way to learn a little bit about opera and ballet. There will be crafts demonstrations, performances, workshops, music and activities for children of all ages. Head to the website to find out more and book your tickets.
One of opera’s most famous tunes and for good reason! Soprano @followingtuulitakala rehearses ‘Der Hölle Rache’ (the Queen of the Night aria) from The Magic Flute with Patrick Milne on the piano 🎹 Mozart’s opera is now on the Main Stage until 27 November - head to the website for tickets! #ROHflute
You had me at yellow We’re very excited about this evening’s cinema relay of Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III. This ballet triple bill will be relayed to 1029 cinemas in 23 countries. From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Pictured here are Yasmine Naghdi and Ryoichi Hirano in costume for Concerto. If you’re watching tonight let us know what you think with #ROHconcertomixed Photo via @yasmine_naghdi
Stage advice There is just one week to go until TheatreCraft, the UK’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16-30 seeking offstage roles in theatre. This year it’s happening at the Royal Opera House - we'll have workshops, Q&As, networking opportunities and much more. If you’re aged 16-30 and interested in a career in theatre, we’d love to see you here. Sign up for your free place via the link in bio. #theatrecraft19
Sleeps and bounds We’re getting very excited about the return of The Sleeping Beauty, which opens on the Main Stage later this week. This ballet holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory - it was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II and its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Pictured here are Fumi Kaneko and Nicol Edmonds in rehearsal on World Ballet Day. Head to the website to get your tickets now! #ROHbeauty
Say it ain’t sew Behind-the-scenes in the Royal Opera House costume workshop, where our busy team works hard to create around 10,000 new costumes each year. A 160-strong team is spread across three floors of the Royal Opera House. There is no such thing as a quiet day and, with up to six hundred costumes per production, staying ahead of the game is vital. Interested in a career in costumes, or another backstage area of theatre? Come along to TheatreCraft on 11 November - we'll have workshops, Q&As and networking opportunities for 16-30 year olds. Head to the TheatreCraft website to book your free place.
Three's a charm On 5 November you can catch The Royal Ballet’s triple bill Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III in cinemas around the world. This exciting mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company - here are Bennet Gartside and Kristen McNally in rehearsal for Ashton's Enigma Variations. Head to the website to find out where your nearest screen is. #ROHconcertomixed
Praising the roof The beautiful ceiling of our Main Stage auditorium, the largest of London’s Victorian theatres. The current theatre is the third one on our Covent Garden site - two different fires destroyed the building first in 1808 and then in 1856. The current building opened on 15 May 1858 with a performance of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. It was built in just six months, incorporating the statues and reliefs from the previous building. Discover more of the fascinating history of our theatre and have a sneak-peek behind-the-scenes on one of our regular backstage tours - head to the website to find out more and book your place. Photo by @instahickmore
Don and dusted After a phenomenal run, Don Pasquale has its final performance on the Main Stage this evening. We'll be sad to say farewell to Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production with Bryn Terfel in the title role and Olga Peretyatko as the supposedly demure convent girl he marries. What did you think of Donizetti's comic opera? #ROHpasquale
Snap to it Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute begins with Tamino, a handsome prince lost in a distant land, being pursued by a poisonous serpent. He faints just as the snake is about to unleash its deadly bite, but the creature is killed by three ladies, servants of The Queen of the Night. This amazing serpent prop shows how David McVicar’s production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The Magic Flute opens on the Main Stage tonight - head to the website for tickets and more info. If you’re watching tonight let us know what you think with #ROHflute
Window of opera-tunity Did you know that on Friday lunchtimes we run free, drop-in concerts at the Royal Opera House? They feature our artists and guest artists and are a great way to soak up some culture in London without spending a penny. Head to our website to find out more.
In this truly terrifying scene, Alice (@londonballerina) encounters a Duchess (@balletboy09) in a cottage tending a baby while a Cook (Kristen McNally) makes pigs into sausages while a pair of fish- and frog-footmen look on Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book
Good Queen fun Halloween costume inspiration from soprano Tuuli Takala backstage before a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Tuuli plays the Queen of the Night - a fabulously terrifying character. The roles two dramatic arias are packed with fiendish coloratura, taking the soprano voice to incredible heights. The Magic Flute opens tomorrow on the Main Stage - head to the website to book tickets now! Photo via @followingtuulitakala #ROHflute
Creep calm and carry on Happy Halloween from all of us at the Royal Opera House! This spooky throwback snap from 1951 shows dancer Ray Powell in costume as Carabosse from The Sleeping Beauty. Carabosse is the evil fairy who puts a curse on the baby, declaring that on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy uses her power to alter Carabosse’s curse so that Aurora will not die on her 16th birthday but rather fall asleep for 100 years. The Sleeping Beauty opens on the Main Stage next week. Photograph by Roger Wood © Royal Opera House #ROHbeauty