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Articles by Catriona Cannon

From the archives: The 1856 Covent Garden Fire

4 March 2016

160 years ago this weekend, a fire destroyed the Royal Italian Opera and led to the building of the current Royal Opera House.

ROH Collections Items of the Month: Highlights from the Costume Collection

28 October 2015

We've picked two of our favourite opera items from the collection's 6,200 artefacts — shoes worn by Adelina Patti and Cecil Beaton’s iconic Turandot dress.

Deloitte Ignite: The stories behind the silks

1 September 2015

Twelve giant silk banners tell the history of the Royal Opera House in a breathtaking installation as part of Deloitte Ignite 15.

Watch: Home video of The Royal Ballet’s 1955 tour to the USA and Canada

26 June 2015

Footage of the Company filming The Sleeping Beauty for TV and seeing the sights of New York has been donated to the ROH Collections.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Photos of early Royal Ballet Tours to the USA and Canada

3 June 2015

This new donation from a former horn player with the ROH Orchestra gives a glimpse into life on The Royal Ballet’s 1949 and 1953 tours.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Donald Southern’s starry photographs of La bohème

15 May 2015

Over 41 years, all the greats – including Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti – have performed in John Copley’s classic production.