Accessibility links

|

Sign In
Basket
Basket

ROH Collections

The archive of the Royal Opera House

Step into the past and discover more about the history of the Royal Opera House by delving into ROH Collections. This remarkable assortment of material documents the history of the three theatres that have stood on this site since 1732, as well as the world-class performances of opera and ballet that have taken place on our stage for centuries.

Find out more

About

Find out more about the Royal Opera House Collections department.

Explore

Explore our catalogue and performance database and view highlights from the collection.

Access

ROH Collections is open to researchers. Find out more about making an enquiry or booking a research appointment.

Donate

Find out more about how to donate to ROH Collections.

News and features

  1. 20 March 2017

    Butterfly’s sanctuary: The long history of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House

    From the opera’s UK premiere in 1905 through to the present day, Puccini’s much-loved opera has a long and close relationship with Covent Garden.

  2. 20 January 2017

    How the design of Royal Opera House red programmes has evolved through the ages

    Tastes change, as a fascinating trip through more than 250 years of historical souvenirs shows.

  3. 28 December 2016

    Awakening The Sleeping Beauty: Re-opening the Royal Opera House after World War II

    This wonderful classical ballet has a special place in The Royal Ballet’s history, marking a new beginning for the Company in more ways than one.