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

Take a seat!

There are 2,256 red velvet seats in the Royal Opera House auditorium.

With around 750,000 visitors a year, it's important they're kept in tip top condition. Every August, the rows of chairs are removed from the auditorium for cleaning and repairs to keep them looking as regal as ever.

If you've watched a performance at the Royal Opera House, do you have a favourite place to sit?


Did you see our free outdoor screening of La traviata? Presented by @therealgokwan and Dominic Peckham, thousands of viewers across the UK enjoyed a picnic accompanied by Verdi's tragic opera.

Here's Gok surprising the ladies of The Royal Opera Chorus backstage in the interval.

If you missed out, don't worry - we're doing it all again tomorrow (Friday 14 July), where you can catch Puccini's Turandot wherever you are in the world, streamed live on YouTube - check the link in the bio for details.

Golden ticket

The Royal Ballet are currently working hard on tour in Brisbane, Australia, performing until 9 July 2017 as part of the QPAC International series. Sets, shoes, costumes, and of course, dancers, have been transported to the southern hemisphere to share the productions of #ROHwoolf and #ROHtale with our international fans. Pictured here are the shimmering futuristic costumes from Wayne McGregor's ballet, hanging on the rail at the end of the run. Now it's time for The Winter's Tale, which opened last night @atQPAC.

Love Happens Here!

We'll be flying the rainbow flag at the front of the Royal Opera House once again this year in celebration of #Pride2017, from 24 June until 9 July, honouring the many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who have helped make the Royal Opera House the institution it is today. (We couldn't resist a little rainbow show of ballet shoes ahead of time...)

Fix up, look sharp

When opera or ballet productions call for on-stage swashbuckling, the Royal Opera House Armoury is always on hand to ensure that fight sequences are conducted safely.
The Royal Opera House is in small company among UK theatres with their very own arsenal - others in this select group include @nationaltheatre and @thersc.

As well as safety briefings and overseeing rehearsals and performances, the team makes and maintains the weaponry too. As well as swords and shields, their work also sees them look after crossbows and blank-firing rifles.

Pictured here are actors from The Royal Opera's new production of Otello, which is live in cinemas around the world on 28 June

Super sub
Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea takes a bow after last night's performance of The Royal Opera's L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love). Sadly due to illness, Roberto Alagna had to withdraw mid-performance.
Ioan (pictured here being congratulated on a job well done by conductor Bertrand de Billy) stepped in to cover the lead role of the starry-eyed lover, Nemorino. The 27 year-old gave a stunning performance which went down a storm with the audience.
Considered a rising star in the opera world and having won the coveted Operalia Award in 2015, we are very excited to see Ioan next steps!


Tenors Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde are gearing up for their performances in the Royal Opera’s hotly-anticipated new production of Verdi’s late, great opera, Otello. 'Otello is the perfect Verdi opera,’ Kaufmann explains. ‘It starts, the curtain opens and you’re thrown right into it. A lot of actors are very jealous of opera singers in operas like Otello because we have this carpet of emotions. You don’t have to do it from scratch. The audience is already captivated – you just have to go and harvest.' Read the full interview - link in bio.

If you’d like to be captivated too, the production will be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 28 June.

Flower power 🌺🌼🌸💐🌷🌹🌻 After 23 years with The Royal Ballet, Zenaida Yanowsky took her final bow as a Principal at Covent Garden last night. The performance was relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK.

After dancing in Marguerite and Armand, Zenaida received an emotional standing ovation a farewell flower throw.

You can see footage on our Facebook page.

This Royal Ballet tradition probably stems our proximity to the old Covent Garden flower market.

Thank you for illuminating our stage since 1994, Zenaida!

All about Ashton

Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, wrote his first ballet for the company, Symphonic Variations (seen here in rehearsal) in 1946. 70 years later, and his presence is still felt here at the @RoyalOperaHouse.

To continue the celebrations of the longevity of his influence, we're sharing a mixed programme of his works in cinemas around the world and on #BPbigscreens across the UK.

Are you watching? If you'd like to win a selection of DVDs courtesy of Opus Arte, send us pics of your picnic, tagging #BPbigscreens. Our favourite Summer Selfie from each screening will win a prize!

Photo by @londonlivingdoll

Hat’s the way to do it!
Did you know, we have four full-time milliners (hat makers) working here at the Royal Opera House? Here, Inga Stamer is masterfully preparing a hat for Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia for The Royal Ballet, last performed in 2016.

This accessory and many others like it are often created by the Hats and Jewellery Department in as a little as four hours.

Inga and her team specialise in almost all items of clothing that can be worn on the head, neck, wrist or ankles. It's this attention to detail for even the smallest aspects of a performance that makes a performance at the Royal Opera House truly special.

Bolle’s back

Guest Artist @robertobolle is back with us at Covent Garden, currently performing in The Royal Ballet’s Marguerite and Armand as part of our #ROHashton mixed programme.

You can catch Roberto performing alongside @zenaidayanowsky in our live cinema (internationally) and BP Big Screen relay (UK) next Wednesday - head to our website to find out more.

Photo: @bangorballetboy 🙏

Need a ride?

The Royal Opera’s sun-soaked production of L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) features a working tractor, driven by main character Nemorino.

The production, set in the south of Italy during the 1950s tells the story of hapless local lad Nemorino, who falls for Adina. When his attempts to woo her fail, he turns to a travelling quack doctor in search of a love potion.

Pictured here is baritone Paolo Bordogna who sings the role of Sergent Belcore - Nemorino’s rival for Adina’s affections in the production. Photo by Neil Gillespie.

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