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The Sitzprobe Circle

The Royal Opera is renowned for staging outstanding performances of classical and contemporary repertory.

Meticulous preparation goes into each stage of any operatic collaboration. The musical and technical components are rehearsed separately before they can converge in stage rehearsals and performances. Sitzprobe is the German term for a seated rehearsal. It needs no lighting, costumes or scenic action. The soloists, chorus (if performing in the opera) and orchestra focus solely on the music, emphasising singing technique, integration and balance, under the direction of the Maestro.

The Sitzprobe Circle provides an exclusive opportunity for philanthropists to deepen their knowledge of this key element of the preparative process. Supporters are invited to the thrilling experience of attending these private rehearsals.

To find out more, please contact Will Handysides on +44 (0)20 7212 9735 or by email to

The Sitzprobe Circle 2018/19

Supporters will be warmly welcomed to the following events:

Simon Boccanegra
Monday 5 November 2018, 3pm
Conductor: Henrik Nánási
Cast: Carlos Álvarez; Ferruccio Furlanetto; Hrachuhi Bassenz; Francesco Meli

Hansel and Gretel
Tuesday 4 December 2018, 2.30pm
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
Cast: Hanna Hipp; Jennifer Davis; Gerhard Siegel; Michaela Schuster

Katya Kabanova
Monday 28 January 2019, 2.30pm
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Cast: Amanda Majeski; Pavel Černoch; Susan Bickley; Andrew Tortise

La Forza del Destino
Friday 8 March 2019, 2.30pm
Anna Netrebko; Jonas Kaufmann; Ferruccio Furlanetto

Andrea Chenier
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 10.30am
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Cast: Roberto Alagna; Sondra Radvanovsky; Dimitri Platanias

Boris Godunov
Monday 10 June, 3pm
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Cast: Bryn Terfel; Roger Honeywell; John Tomlinson; Matthew Rose

*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.