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Royal Opera Circle

The Royal Opera Circle is a new philanthropic initiative to support the work of The Royal Opera, offering a very special opportunity for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the repertory and discover the artistic world behind both new and revived opera productions at the Royal Opera House.

From the quiet moment of a conductor’s instruction to the orchestra in an empty auditorium to the powerful sound of The Royal Opera Chorus in studio, supporters will experience the varied and exciting world of the rehearsal process. The Royal Opera’s repertory is broad and ambitious, and this programme will give supporters an insight into the full range of the Company’s work.

Royal Opera Circle Events 2014/15

  • Thursday 2 October 2014
    Idomeneo, Mozart, 1781
    Chorus rehearsal, followed by a reception with The Royal Opera Chorus
  • Tuesday 9 December 2014
    Un ballo in maschera, Verdi, 1859
    Sitzprobe rehearsal with staging introduction from Katharina Thoma and musical introduction from répétiteur
  • TBA February 2015
    L’Ormindo, Cavalli, 1644
    Stage and continuo rehearsal with introduction from Kasper Holten
    N.B. This rehearsal will take place at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Thursday 5 March 2015
    Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Weill, 1930
    Stage and orchestra rehearsal with introduction from John Fulljames and Maestro Mark Wigglesworth
  •  Tuesday 10 March 2015
    Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Weill, 1930
    First Night party with staff and artists of The Royal Opera
    In association with the Artists’ Circle
  • Monday 27 April 2015 
    Król Roger, Szymanowski, 1926
    Stage and orchestra rehearsal and a walk around the set with Kasper Holten

Supporters of the Royal Opera Circle will join The Royal Opera for a series of private rehearsals, spanning a broad range of highlights from the Season’s programme. If you would like to find out more, please contact Bridie Layden on +44 (0) 20 7212 9266 or email

 *    Tickets and refreshments are in addition to the gift