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American Friends of Covent Garden

If you are based in the U.S. then do consider joining the AFOCG. In recognition of your support, a variety of privileges are available for members, including priority booking for performances and events at the Royal Opera House in London throughout the year.

The AFOCG is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations made by U.S. taxpayers are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the IRS.

Levels of membership

Supporting Friend @ $500 (tax-deductible contribution)


  • Advanced performance schedule and order information for all Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances
  • Priority in requesting two tickets per production
  • Invitation to the annual Season Preview presentation by senior artistic staff
  • Invitation to a cocktail reception on the first night of productions supported by American Friends
  • Full-year subscription to About the House, featuring news and production insights (published quarterly)
  • Annual Season Guide
  • Listing of your name on The Royal Opera House website

Premium Friend @ $1,000 (tax-deductible contribution)

All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets to select rehearsals
  • Invitation to and priority booking for gala events

Benefactor Friend @ $2,500 (tax-deductible contribution)

All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Private backstage tour for you and your guests
  • Priority in requesting two tickets per performance
  • Priority in requesting tickets to selected Royal Opera House events including ballet master classes
  • Invitations to special events in London

Patron Friend @ $5,000 (tax-deductible contribution)

All of the above privileges, plus:

  • Personal ticket service by telephone or email through the Patron box office at the Royal Opera House
  • Highest level of priority for ordering two tickets to all performances
  • Priority in purchasing additional tickets to dress rehearsals
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets in the Royal Box and dinner in the adjacent Royal Retiring Room
  • Invitation to meet artists and management during your visit
  • Invitation to join senior staff for pre-curtain drinks throughout the season
  • Listing of your name on the Royal Opera House website and in the Season Guide
  • Advance notice for special events in London
  • Invitation to Royal Opera House visit to London

If you don't wish to become a member at this time, but would still like to support the American Friends, you are very welcome to make a donation. The support the Royal Opera House receives from the AFOCG makes a vital contribution to the presentation of world-class performances by The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera both in the UK and abroad, and every donation makes a difference.

Board of Directors

Mercedes T. Bass Chairman
Ms Adrienne Arsht
Alex Beard CBE
Susan S. Braddock
G. Scott Clemons Treasurer
Peggy Czyzak Dannenbaum
HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan
Frederick Iseman
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Bruce Kovner
John McGinn
Simon Robey
Ronald J. Schiller
John G. Turner
Lauren Veronis

David A. Shelvin Legal Counsel
Elizabeth Gray Kogen Secretary and Executive Director

American Premium Friends

Mr John B Blake
Mr John Delo
Ms Hester Diamond
Dr B Heldt
Mr Craig Howie
Mr Kenneth Martin
Dr Jakob Nielsen
Dr Kevin Park
Mr Ian Sale
Ms Barbara Schlain

Benefactor Friends

Ms Jane Attias
Mr Richard Goeltz and Mrs Mary Ellen Johnson
Mr Keith Hughes

American Supporting Friends

Mr Dale Alberda
Dr David H Alpers
Ms Danielle Aubertin-Crowder
Mr John H Biggs
Mr Stephen Binder
Mr Charles Birmingham
Mr and Mrs Anthony Bloom
Dr Renata E Cathou
Dr Janet Cheetham
Mr John Clark
Mr Joseph DeFeo
Mr Leland G Dobbs M.D.
Mrs Vicky Farah
Mr Martin Fell
Mr Graham M Fell
Mr Lawrence Flamholtz
Mr Frank M Hatheway
Ms Margaret Hess
Mr Edward Jaber
Mr John Lawrence
Mr Robert Lloyd
Mr Patrick McCabe
Ms Diane Allen Nixon
Mrs Tara Pietri
Mr Robert Ronus
Dr Hans Sachse
Mrs S Scheuer
Mr Adam Scheuer
Ms Jill S Slater
Mrs Christine Steiner
Dr Kern Wildenthal

Need more information?

If you require more information on American Friends of Covent Garden, please contact:

Elizabeth Gray Kogen
American Friends of Covent Garden
PO Box 5155
610 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10185
Telephone: 917-324-8277

Susan Fisher
Development Department
Royal Opera House at Covent Garden
London WC2E 9DD
Telephone: +44-20-7212-9136