Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London. Official account of both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Twitter: @RoyalOperaHouse

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15 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Today we're enjoying a little Christmas singing practice from Jacquelyn Stucker @gonzosoprano, currently training on our Jette Parker Young Artist programme.

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14 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Here, a Sugar Plum Fairy (aka @yasmine_naghdi) ties up the ribbon on her pointe shoes. Even though moments of the score are large and celebratory, it's the tiny detail like this that is essential to any performance.

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13 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Buried deep in the Royal Opera House is the Opera Shoes Department, who spend their time crafting personalised footwear for every production. This year, in friendly competition with the other departments, they have decorated their office with a sparkling collection of shoes!

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12 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

This morning we're picking up a special Christmas delivery! Large sets and props stored off-site (as well as a festive tipple or two!) are brought in at the goods entrance and travel in an enormous lift from street level to stage. Here, Peter from Facilities is keeping an eye, monitoring the entrance and keeping everything in order.

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11 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

The Royal Ballet warm up each morning with daily class (festive footwear optional)

You may have seen @frankiegoestohayward and @acampbell_1 in last week’s live cinema relay of The Nutcracker - Encore screenings are available at select cinemas through the festive period.

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10 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Each Season we relay twelve productions live to cinemas around the globe. Here’s a quick glimpse into broadcast mission control

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9 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Today, a quick glimpse into our costume department, which makes and maintains 10,000 costumes each year. Snowflakes are on the way!

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8 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

We bumped into something of a star as we arrived at the Royal Opera House's Crush Room - as we couldn't put her on the top of the tree, we got a little Christmas message from @angelagheorghiu.official

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7 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Covent Garden is particularly magical as the Christmas lights go up and the weather is crisp and bright. But occasionally you might catch a glimpse of something unexpected...

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6 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

The Nutcracker's score is one of the most iconic around, and we couldn't resist a festive tinkle on the ivories.

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5 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

We spotted a surprising visitor above the Royal Opera House. Hopefully there's somewhere to park his sleigh nearby so he can come and watch tonight's performance of The Nutcracker...

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4 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Today's post needs no introduction for ballet fans: the giant Christmas tree from The Nutcracker. When not being used on stage, this enormous tree lives at the side of the stage, adding a little festive cheer to anyone walking past the backstage area throughout December.

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3 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Today it's a peek into the world of wigs. The talented team create hairstyles for characters in every production, but we can't promise every style shown in the video will be seen on stage any time soon...

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2 December

In the run up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.
Today we’re giving you a glimpse into our gold and velvet auditorium - with its 2,256 red seats and sparkling chandeliers ✨

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1 December

In the run up to Christmas, we'll be sharing a selection of festive moments from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House at this very special time of year.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without The Nutcracker - so we caught up with Principal of The Royal Ballet @yasmine_naghdi in full 'Sugar Plum' attire in the rehearsal studios. (Prepare yourselves for Tchaikovsky's festive music to be in your head for the foreseeable future...) 🍬❄️🎄🎅⛄️🎁

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Sweetness and light

Our auditorium might date from the 1850s, but behind the scenes it contains some thoroughly 21st century wizardry.

The lighting control room is positioned behind glass at the back of the stalls circle and is crammed full of enough screens, switches and dials to launch a space mission with.

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Don't rain on our parade

This week The Royal Opera have been running through final rehearsals for the Olivier Award-winning Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci.

‘Cav and Pag’ are Italian opera's most famous double act, and The Royal Opera’s production sees director Damiano Michieletto set both operas within the same village, allowing characters from one piece to reappear in the other.

The operas also contain some music that'll be familiar to film fans - the famous Intermezzo appears in both Raging Bull, while the Easter Hymn soundtracks one of the most memorable scenes in the Godfather trilogy.

#ROHcavpag

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Turning pointe
It's #GivingTuesday, and as a charity, each year we run the Pointe Shoe Appeal, which raises valuable funds for The Royal Ballet.

Funds raised ensure that every dancer in the Company can train, rehearse and perform throughout the year. With more than 6,000 pairs of pointes required each Season at a cost of more than £250,000, the campaign is vital to the continued success of the Royal Opera House.

Head to the link in our bio for insights from Royal Ballet dancers into how they customise their shoes, and why the right pair of pointes can make all the difference to a dancer.

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Sew it goes

With up to 10,000 costumes used each year, getting The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera ready for the stage is a work of art in itself.

From gem-encrusted leotards to authentic period corsets, the Royal Opera House Costume department are responsible for creating, refurbishing and conserving thousands of opera and ballet costumes each Season. 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.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962–2017) —
We are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, at the age of 55.
Dmitri came to international prominence after winning the BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year competition in 1989.
He made his debut with The Royal Opera as Riccardo in I puritani three years later, in 1992, and performed with the Company on many occasions, most recently in January 2016 when he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin.

‘We will miss his artistry, his richly beautiful voice, and his presence both on and offstage’, said Director of Opera Oliver Mears. ‘He was a wonderful performer, always full of humour and good grace. The opera world has lost one of its leading artists, and he will be sorely missed.’

‘He graced our stage with genuine flair and generosity towards his public, developing a career trajectory that was always searching for the next challenge’, said Music Director Antonio Pappano. ‘This spirit of meeting any challenge head on stayed with him through to the last. His passing leaves a huge void’

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A Chorus Line

This weekend The Royal Opera stage Rossini’s Semiramide for the first time ever at Covent Garden.

The opera features all the hallmarks of an epic, including the vocal talent of the Royal Opera Chorus. It stars @joycedidonato, once again reunited with conductor and regular collaborator Antonio Pappano.

#ROHsemiramide

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Be Syl, my beating heart
Tutus, fancy footwork and... pirates?! Frederick Ashton’s ballet Sylvia is currently being rehearsed by The Royal Ballet ahead of its return on 23 November.
Head to the link in our bio to watch a clip of Principal Marianela Nuñez being coached through the title role by Darcey Bussell.
The ballet tells the story of a nymph who is the object of a young shepherd's affections. This being ballet though, the course of true love never runs smooth.
#ROHsylvia

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She's like the wind

This Season award-winning Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita returns to Covent Garden with 'The Wind' - a major new main stage ballet inspired by an eerie silent film starring early Hollywood icon Lillian Gish. ‘I first discovered The Wind when I went to go and see the film', says Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita. 'As I was watching it I thought, "This is a ballet. This is like watching a dramatic ballet". I went to the source – to the novel by Dorothy Scarborough – and fell in love with it even more.' The Wind tells the story of Letty Mason, a woman living in rural Texas whose sanity unravels in the grip of an unrelenting tempest.

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Hitting the right note

Katie Mitchell's Royal Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor is back on stage at the moment and is receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
The production brings a feminist reading to a classic operatic tragedy, interpreting Lucia as a strong and independent woman who fights against her brother’s attempts to control her.

Particularly striking is Vicky Mortimer’s ‘split-stage’ design, which adds extra layers and details to the piece. Lucia di Lammermoor is opera at its darkest and most dramatic.
#ROHlucia

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Gilt-y as charged

Our gold and velvet-adorned auditorium is actually the third theatre on the site, the previous two having been destroyed by fire.

The distinctive horseshoe shape is reflective of the era in which it was built - it was designed to allow Victorian theatregoers to see and snoop on each other as much as see the performance!

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Fix up, look Tharp

Tonight sees the opening of Twyla Tharp’s The Illustrated Farewell as part of the #ROHfarewellmixed triple bill.
A prequel to her 1973 piece As Time Goes By, the piece has been created on Principal dancers Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae and is set to Haydn’s 'Farewell' Symphony.

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Bullseye

La Tragédie de Carmen, starring the Jette Parker Young Artists, opened over the weekend at Wilton's Music Hall. The production is a radical adaptation of the well-known opera by George Bizet, stripped back to become a piece of theatre coloured by some of the well-known moments in the score including Carmen’s ‘Habanera’ and the Toreador Song, sung by Escamillo, a bullfighter, played by Gyula Nagy (pictured)

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Get the full picture

Today we're celebrating - quarter of a million THANK YOUs to the 250,000 of you who are following us on Instagram! Whether you've just joined us, or whether you've been with us since the beginning (thanks for putting up with all those Valencia-filtered snaps) we're so glad to be able to offer a window on the world of opera and ballet, and giving you an insight you might not be able to catch from the main stage performances.

We've posted six images to form a whole - you can get the full picture on our channel.

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Get the full picture

Today we're celebrating - quarter of a million THANK YOUs to the 250,000 of you who are following us on Instagram! Whether you've just joined us, or whether you've been with us since the beginning (thanks for putting up with all those Valencia-filtered snaps) we're so glad to be able to offer a window on the world of opera and ballet, and giving you an insight you might not be able to catch from the main stage performances.

We've posted six images to form a whole - you can get the full picture on our channel.

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Get the full picture

Today we're celebrating - quarter of a million THANK YOUs to the 250,000 of you who are following us on Instagram! Whether you've just joined us, or whether you've been with us since the beginning (thanks for putting up with all those Valencia-filtered snaps) we're so glad to be able to offer a window on the world of opera and ballet, and giving you an insight you might not be able to catch from the main stage performances.

We've posted six images to form a whole - you can get the full picture on our channel.

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