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Royal Opera Circle

The Royal Opera Circle is a 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 2015/16

  • Orphée et Eurydice                                          Gluck, 1762
    An intimate evening with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez entitled A True Virtuoso, where we will listen to Mr Flórez in conversation with Sara Mohr-Pietsch (BBC Radio 3) followed by a private reception*
    Thursday 1 Oct 2015


  • Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci                  Mascagni/Leoncavallo, 1890/1892
    An evening around a performance conducted by Maestro Pappano of Damiano Michieletto’s new production, including a post-performance party with the cast hosted by Maestro Pappano*
    Monday 7 December 2015


  • Boris Godunov                                                         Musorgsky, 1874
    A private chorus rehearsal led by Maestro Pappano and Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna, followed by an informal reception with Maestro Pappano, Mr Balsadonna and members of the chorus*
    Wednesday 17 February 2016 (morning)            


  • Tannhäuser                                                    Wagner, 1845
    A private sitzprobe rehearsal  with  the  principal  cast  and  chorus led  by  Maestro Hartmut Haenchen,  followed  by  an  informal  reception*
    Thursday 14 April 2016 (afternoon)


  • Il Trovatore                                                   Verdi, 1853
    A private full stage and orchestra rehearsal of David Bösch’s new production led by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, followed by an informal reception*
    Thursday 23 June 2016 (afternoon)


*Tickets and refreshments are in addition to the gift

Donations made to The Royal Opera Circle will support Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci. If you would like to find out more, please contact Bridie Layden on +44 (0)20 7212 9266 or email