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The Virtues of Things

Rising stars Matt Rogers and Sally O'Reilly present a new opera as part of the annual collaboration between The Royal Opera, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music.

Upcoming performances

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Virtues of Things.


A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures. When a mysterious illness strikes, a slick outsider steps in to help – but his attempts to modernize their methods place the family in peril.


The Royal Opera, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music have come together in an annual project to commission new works from British composers and other creative figures relatively new to the genre of opera. 2015 sees the premiere of The Virtues of Things, a witty dissection of how objects carry meaning and operas unfold their fictions.

The piece has been conceived collaboratively by composer Matt Rogers and writer Sally O’Reilly. Rogers (also known as Gameshow Outpatient) has created commissions for the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, among many others. O'Reilly writes art criticism and fiction for video, performance and the page.

News and features

  1. Spring Season 2014/15

    28 March 2014

    Kasper Holten’s new production of Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger opens in the Spring Season. Royal Ballet highlights include Frederick Ashton’s English classic La Fille mal gardée, and a new work by leading choreographer Hofesh Shechter.