The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House was founded in 1946 on the reopening of the Opera House after World War II. The Orchestra plays for nearly all performances given by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, under Music Directors Antonio Pappano (The Royal Opera) and Barry Wordsworth (The Royal Ballet).
The Orchestra also gives occasional concerts. Performances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem under Pappano in London and Birmingham in 2009, a concert of works by Wagner, Liszt and Bartók at the Vienna Konzerthaus in March 2010, and the chamber version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at Cadogan Hall in February 2011. In September 2010 the orchestra took part in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed Japan tour, performing Manon, La traviata and Handel’s Messiah.
In addition to their commitment to main stage productions, members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House play an active role in smaller-scale projects including many with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation Department. As part of the Royal Opera House's longstanding commitment to reach a wider audience, the orchestra can be heard accompanying The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet for Big Screen events in the UK and cinema screenings transmitted worldwide. They also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 with The Royal Opera.
The Orchestra appears on many CDs including Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo and Nina Stemme (Pappano, 2005). DVDs include recent Royal Opera commissions The Minotaur, Anna Nicole and Written on Skin and the Royal Ballet commission Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Many other Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions have been recorded, including most recently Carlos Acosta's new production of Don Quixote.
Orchestra Administrative Director: Sally Mitchell
Orchestra Manager: Helen Dunne
Assistant Orchestra Manager: Tim Davy (Acting)
Orchestra Administrative Assistant: Helena Plews (Acting)
Orchestra Operations Manager: Matthew Downes
Music Library Manager: Tony Rickard