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Contemporary Music Circle

The Contemporary Music Circle is a philanthropic initiative for individuals who are interested in gaining a deeper insight into the inspiration, techniques and experiences of composers writing for opera and ballet.

With a wealth of new music featuring on both the Main Stage and the Linbury Theatre this Season, supporters of the Contemporary Music Circle will enjoy close involvement with some of the leading composers working in opera and ballet today. Support will be directed towards the first staging of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. As well as this work, the programme of events will reveal the inspiration and process behind new scores by Thomas Adès and Matt Rogers, and a conversation with director Katie Mitchell on how she has worked with composers when staging operas such as George Benjamin’s hit Written on Skin.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Will Handysides on +44 (0)20 7212 9735 or email

Contemporary Music Circle 2019/20

Supporters will be warmly welcomed to the following:

17 or 30 October 2019 TBC
Thomas Adès and Wayne McGregor in conversation
The pioneering Wayne McGregor’s landmark new full-length ballet, The Dante Project, is set to a commissioned score by the renowned British composer Thomas Adès who also conducts the work.

Thursday 6 February 2020
An evening with Gerald Barry around a performance of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
A pre-performance discussion with the composer and Director of Opera, Oliver Mears, followed by interval and post-performance receptions around Alice’s Adventures Under Ground*.

And two other events exploring contemporary music at the Royal Opera House.

*Please note that all tickets and refreshments are in addition to your generous gift. Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of The Royal Opera and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

Payments to Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 480523) Charity Registered (Number 211775). VAT Registration No. 769 377565