12 June 2013 at 11.21am | Comment on this article
Boxes are still available for some of the most popular productions this Season.
Due to a quirk in our booking system that we are working to address, we are unable to sell boxes for our current Summer Season on the ROH website. This means that there are still tickets available for sought-after performances including Renée Fleming in Capriccio.
Boxes seat up to four people and allow you to enjoy the opera or ballet sequestered away from the crowds. Something to try at least once, it is a unique experience and ideal for a special occasion. A box in the balcony can also be great value, with some ballet boxes priced at just £80 for the four seats. Due to the nature of our historic building, the sight lines of the stage are not the best in the house, but the experience is second to none. Other locations and performances will be more expensive.
You can check availability by calling the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000.
The Royal Box, which was traditionally paid for by season, is also available on general sale. Members of the royal family have been regular visitors since the 1830s, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would frequent the Royal Box up to four times a week in high season.
The Queen with Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Tony Hall, Prince Philip and Artists of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House's One Extraordinary World Gala © Andre Uspenski/ROH 2012
The late Queen Mother used to visit every year for her birthday, last visiting for her 101st birthday. Most recently, the Queen attended the One Extraordinary World gala performance in October 2012. Following tradition, when the Queen attends gala performances, the lampshades in the box below are changed from red to cream, a custom initiated by Queen Victoria who wanted to avoid appearing red or flushed.
In Victorian times, the auditorium looked rather different: the boxes in the Grand Tier used to face each other directly as it was considered to be more appropriate that patrons could see each other rather than the stage, and the stalls circle used to be composed entirely of boxes rather than rows of seats.
However, in the post-Victorian refit, the boxes in the Grand Tier were angled to enable visitors to see the main stage, and the boxes in the stalls circle were removed to allow for more seats. On the Grand Tier, you can still see the numbers of the boxes that no longer exist. Find out more about the rebuilds of the Royal Opera House.
For an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and to find out more about the Royal Opera House and the auditorium, there are a series of tours available. Find out more.