For more than two hundred and fifty years people have gathered on the site where the Royal Opera House stands today to practise and appreciate the performing arts. It’s a place where generation after generation of theatre goers have been enthralled by the power of performance.
Today the Royal Opera House is the iconic home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, attracting some of the world’s most talented performers to its stages, and capturing the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Some of them are so touched by what they have seen and heard that they help to keep our rich legacy alive by leaving a gift in their will to the Royal Opera House.
Every legacy we receive supports our work both on stage and behind the scenes – making it possible for us to fund new productions, revive heritage favourites and support and nurture future generations of talented young performers. They allow us to reach out to new audiences and enrich people’s lives through opera, ballet and other live music, whether in the auditorium, live in the cinema, through digital media or in one of our many learning projects.
By remembering the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund in your will, you too will ensure that the finest in opera and ballet can be enjoyed by future generations. Our Endowment Fund is a wonderful way to ensure that your legacy lives on in perpetuity. The Fund directs the interest made on capital from legacy gifts to where it is most needed: for example, to help stage a new production, to purchase essential stage machinery, to acquire the rights to a new ballet or to set up a learning and participation project.
'Through the generosity of enlightened individuals, the Endowment Fund will secure the place of the Royal Opera House as a place of vision, a vital force across the globe in both opera and ballet, and a home for Britain's cultural heritage for generations to come.' Dame Vivien Duffield DBE, Chairman of the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund
Download the ROH legacy brochure ‘A Lasting Legacy’ (PDF).
If you would like to make a simple amendment to your will, you can download a codicil form (PDF).
Or you can fill in a pledge form (PDF) to let us know of your intentions.
Our celebrated 1984 Andrei Serban production of Turandot is still delighting audiences around the globe today, thanks to the Endowment Fund.
The Royal Opera House encourages everyone who plans to make a gift in their will to let us know of their intentions; this enables us to make you an honorary Baton Associate, and gives us the opportunity to thank and recognize your support during your lifetime.
To speak to someone confidentially about leaving a legacy to the ROH please contact Pippa Lee or telephone +44 (0)20 7212 9110.