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Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

Some of the world’s most famous singers have performed with the Company, including Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel, as well as the late Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, founded in 2001, offers exceptionally talented musicians at the start of their careers a tailored programme of coaching and performance opportunities. Many of its graduates are now seen regularly on the international stage.

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply “Covent Garden”, after a previous use of the site of the opera house’s original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel’s first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade, foyer, and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building.



Operating from our heritage site in Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is one of the busiest repertory theatres in the world. The Facilities Department manages the maintenance, cleaning, security/fire, telecommunications, post and supplies for the Royal Opera House and its associated buildings, working with preferred suppliers to provide essential services and maintenance. We are now looking for a Facilities Coordinator to join this busy team. The post is offered as a fixed term contract for fifty weeks.

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Q Does the Royal Opera House sell vouchers?

The Royal Opera House offer Gift Certificates which can be purchased and redeemed online, by telephone or in person at the box office and are valid indefinitely.
My Gift Certificate was not redeemed against my order, what can I do?

Please contact the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000 or e-mail: onlinebooking@roh.org.uk

Q Why do I need to give my date of birth when registering?

There are three reasons. Firstly, we would like to make sure we follow best practice in data protection and do not send marketing material to anyone under 16 years of age. Secondly, to measure that we are attracting a representative audience in terms of age, in line with our public subsidy. Finally, to help us find your record in the event of a forgotten login or changed email address.

Q Cancellation of Service

Tickets cannot be refunded except on the cancellation or substantial alteration of the performance, or unless exchanged or re-sold by the Box Office subject to conditions shown below.

Q Cost of Service

At the Royal Opera House more than 150,000 tickets are less than £25. Some tickets cost as little as £3, so a visit may be cheaper than you think – the important thing is to book early.

under-18s, Westminster City Save Card, WC2 residents and Senior Citizens receiving Pension Credits at £12.50 for ballet and £15 for opera. Information about standby tickets is given within 24 hours of the performance.

If you are a student, you can register with ROH Students, allowing you to take advantage of unsold tickets for Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions at the bargain price of £10.

Q Parking

There is no designated parking at the Royal Opera House for ticket holders. The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes' walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. A limited number of orange badge bays are available in the vicinity, but are not reserved for the use of Royal Opera House patrons.

Royal Opera House ticket holders are entitled to a 50% discount at Q-Park car parks via the Theatreland Parking Scheme. To qualify, you must get your car park ticket validated at the Main Entrance Foyer desk and the 50% discount will automatically be applied when you pay at the car park pay machine. Ask any of our ushers if you require assistance. The nearest Q-Park car park is about eight minutes' walk away in Newport Place, Chinatown. Please note, the discount does not apply to advance car park bookings.

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If you’re a lover of opera, then, Royal Opera house should be next on your list.There are raw talents here and I can attest to that. Whenever I stop by at this opera house, I’m delighted to hear young people perform at their best. It’s a great place to get your soul lifted

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