ROH2 was the Royal Opera House’s contemporary programming branch 2001–12. It was closed at the end of the 2011/12 Season, when contemporary programming was integrated into The Royal Opera’s and The Royal Ballet’s Studio Programmes. Read more about the closure of ROH2.
ROH2 developed out of the Artists’ Development Initiative. Deborah Bull established the initiative in 1999, with a three-fold aim: to include and develop the creativity of independent artists and small-scale companies within the Royal Opera House; to enable the sharing of resources and skills between those artists; and to provide continuing professional development opportunities for in-house artists through involvement in individual projects.
ROH2 was established in 2001, creating a third artistic centre for the Royal Opera House. ROH2’s stated aims were to create the art of the future from the heritage of the past; nurture emerging artists; and welcome new audiences to the Royal Opera House.
ROH2’s programme included new commissions and productions, festivals, associateships for individual artists and companies and workshops and courses. Series included ‘OperaGenesis’, providing opportunities for composers and librettists to develop new opera, and ‘DanceLines’, providing development opportunities for choreographers.
Over ten years ROH2 presented 246 productions and 66 world premieres. Its first commission, Will Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows, became the Royal Opera House’s first West End transfer in 2012.
Deborah Bull was Head of ROH2 until 2008, when she was succeeded by Alison Duthie. ROH2 was closed in 2012 and its work is continued by The Royal Opera’s and The Royal Ballet’s studio programmes. Read more about these changes.