Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Virtues of Things. It was last on stage 2–6 May 2015 as part of the Spring 2014/15 season.
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
6 May 2015
Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!
30 April 2015
From Tetris and Mario Bros. to Call of Duty and Bioshock, videogames have long used classical music to soundtrack on-screen adventures.
29 April 2015
Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.
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.