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Annual Fund

Be one of the first donors to the Royal Opera House’s Annual Fund

Our first ever Annual Fund will underpin some of the unseen and essential aspects of the Royal Opera House’s work, from our archives to wigs.


The full time Armoury Department looks after our collection of stage firearms, weapons and associated accoutrements and creates items including axes, crossbows and swords from materials such as leather, metal and wood.

Wigs and Make Up

Essential to all productions, the Wigs and Make Up Department oversees all the singers’ and dancers’ requirements and create wigs for performers.

Hats and Jewellery

The Hats and Jewellery Department makes, maintains and repairs almost all of the hats and jewellery worn on stage, from the Sugar Plum Fairy’s crown in The Nutcracker to the chains of office worn by the Mastersingers in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.


The collection and preservation of all archives and objects documenting the history of the Royal Opera House is managed by the Collections Department, who create opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement with the history of opera, ballet and theatre crafts.

Costume Dyeing and Painting

The Dye Department are responsible for dyeing, painting, printing, spraying and distressing costumes and digitally printing onto fabric to make the performance an authentic experience for the audience.


The Property Making workshop creates, refurbishes and buys all 3D items for the stage to complete the magical world we see at performances, from the tree in The Winter’s Tale to the food in Falstaff.

How can you help?

  • £15 could provide a pot of wax for the Armoury
  • £50 could provide wig lace for the Wigs and Make Up Department
  • £100 could provide 10 hat boxes for the Hats and Jewellery Department
  • £150 could provide three pots of fabric dye for the Dye Department
  • £300 could help the Collections Department archive 600 photographs
  • £500 could buy 20 bags of clay for the Property Making workshop

e.g. £15, £50, £100 or other – we are grateful for donations of any size.

Yes, I want to Gift Aid my donation made today and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past four years.

I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax in a tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year, it is my responsibility to pay any difference. I will notify the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation if I want to cancel this declaration, change my name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on my income and/or capital gains.


If you have any questions about the Annual Fund or would prefer to donate by telephone, please contact Alice on 020 7212 9127.