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Support a Production

Support a production and become involved in the creative process leading up to the opening night of your favourite opera or ballet.

As a Production Supporter you will be invited to attend closed working rehearsals, meet with artists and members of the creative teams and visit our technical departments. You could also experience the thrill of watching a performance from the wings of the Royal Opera House stage and see the artists take their curtain calls.

As a Role Supporter, you will be invited to watch the artist in your chosen role prepare for their performances and meet them backstage during the rehearsal process.

Read about Helen Webb’s experience when supporting Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel as a member of the New Works Ballet Syndicate 2012/13.

Read about Ginny and Richard’s experience supporting Kasper Holten’s production of Eugene Onegin as members of the Artists’ Circle.

Production Syndicate opportunities

Manon Lescaut Syndicate

We are thrilled to announce a new opera syndicate for the 2013/14 Season to support Jonathan Kent’s production of Manon Lescaut, which will follow the opera from its formative stages right through to the opening night on 17 June 2014.

Manon Lescaut brings together the creative team from The Royal Opera’s highly successful and much loved 2006 production of Tosca, with designs by Paul Brown and lighting by Mark Henderson. They will be joined by leading opera choreographer, Denni Sayers, who will work on Carmen earlier in the season. This magnificent work is so rarely performed as it requires singers of extraordinary capabilities to do it justice. Maestro Antonio Pappano will conduct and leads a cast that includes world-renowned German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, who recently won Best Male Singer at the inaugural Opera Awards, as Des Grieux. Singing the role of Lescaut is acclaimed British baritone, Christopher Maltman, and exciting young Latvian soprano, Kristine Opolais, assumes the role of his beguiling sister, Manon.

For more information about the opera syndicate, please contact Bridie Layden or telephone her on +44 (0)20 7212 9266.

The Winter’s Tale Syndicate

We’re excited that, for the 2013/14 Season, our ballet syndicate will support Christopher Wheeldon’s production of The Winter’s Tale based on the well loved Shakespeare play. We will be celebrating Christopher Wheeldon’s interpretation of the late romantic story through the season following its development until the opening night on 10 April 2014.

For The Winter’s Tale, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley, composer Joby Talbot and lighting designer Natasha Katz. With Kevin O’Hare at the helm of The Royal Ballet, he aims to build on our successes in creating new works. The Oliver Awards earlier this year recognised Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography, presenting him the award for Best New Dance Production for Aeturnum – a new work set to the music of Benjamin Britten, featuring a performance which helped Principal dancer Marienela Nunez win the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award.

For more information about the ballet syndicate, please contact Jessica Rigby or telephone her on +44 (0)20 7212 9587.

The Experience

Opera has become a hugely important and integral part of my life and, although I still consider myself very much a novice, my appreciation and understanding grows with every performance.  Our most recent endeavor, to support a production syndicate for the Verdi Opera Season during 2013 and specifically the role of Don Carlos, was truly the pinnacle of our operatic experiences to date. It offered rare access to meet the principal singers, as well as the supporting cast, the magnificent orchestra and the brilliant chorus members too, whose professionalism and dedication never fails to impress me. 

Yes, of course, this level of involvement entails a financial commitment but the rewards are exceptional, genuine and most definitely life-enhancing.

Virginia Slaymaker, supporter of Don Carlo 2012-13

Supporting a role means a donation, yes, but it is so much more than that.  It provides the opportunity to get a remarkable insight into the intricacies of staging a world class production at Covent Garden. Our support ends with a strengthened respect for the talent, dedication and professionalism of the large team that is involved.

Cynthia Brown and Andy Tomkins, supporter of Les Troyens 2011-12

Read more about Cynthia Brown and Andy Tomkins experience of supporting a role in David McVicar’s Les Troyens.

To discuss involvement either at role or production level, please contact:
David Spinola on +44 (0)20 7212 9748 or david.spinola@roh.org.uk