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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.

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


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


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News and features

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 12 December 2016

    Masterful or muddled? The controversial opera and ballet hybrid that heralded the dawn of The Royal Opera

    How an unlikely all-singing, all-dancing Purcell performance paved the way for the creation of The Royal Opera, 70 years ago.