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Royal Opera House, London

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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 for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Ades.

Some of the most famous singers of all time have performed with the Company including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufman, Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.

The Royal Ballet, led by Director Kevin O’Hare, is Britain’s largest ballet company. The Company has a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the great classical ballets, heritage works from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as new works by the foremost choreographers of today. Access is a key issue for the Company and its work is seen not just at the Royal Opera House but via televised and cinematic performances, outdoor Big Screen performances, international touring and through the work of the Company’s Education Department.
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  • Went in here to have a look and was so pleased we did. There is a gift shop , coffee shop and go up the stairs to the escalators where there is a bar, restaurant and lovely views. There was someone si...  more »
  • To find a quiet spot to meet and chat over a lovely coffee and cake in covent Garden on a Saturday morning is rare. However, the Cafe at the Opera House is very good. Ten of us were able to sit togeth...  more »
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  • Lovely opulent theatre. Currently on a hot streak of outstanding productions. Very reasonably priced tickets if you're prepared to stand or have a slightly obstructed side view of the stage. Gorgeous new bar and terrace on Level 5
  • Lovely place with superb facilities (except the ladies' loos, for which the queues are still phenomenal, despite the recent modernization). When it comes to seating, you get what you pay for. Spend as much as you can afford, especially if it's a special occasion. Don't expect to get as good a view (or any view at all) from a £6 seat as from one costing £150. Try not to buy a seat in the arms of the horseshoe - you will risk having a neck-twisting sideways view which might also be blocked by the people sitting next to you.
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