In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided with a heavy heart to close the Royal Opera House to the public on 16 March 2020. Due to the ongoing closure of theatres across the UK, it is with great sadness that the ROH has now suspended all scheduled performances until the end of 2020. All artists and musicians scheduled to perform in this time have been notified and paid a cancellation fee and we are hugely grateful for the support they continue to show us at this difficult time.
Further announcements on our 2021 Season will be made as the Covid-19 situation becomes clearer. We look forward to re-opening our stages, our building, and our theatres and welcoming back our exceptional community of staff, artists, and audiences. Until then, we hope you can join our programme of online events and live streams.
The COVID-19 global crisis has had an immediate and serious financial impact for us. We have lost £3 in every £5 of our income – generating revenue from tickets, retail, catering and events is no longer possible. Your help is urgently needed to keep the Royal Opera House community together. Our priority is to sustain our community of world-class dancers, singers, musicians, craftspeople and other backstage staff through these challenging times. Please consider making a contribution. Your generosity is truly appreciated and brings us closer to welcoming you back through our doors. Thank you.
Now, more than ever, our Royal Opera House community is looking towards the beauty, joy and escapism found in ballet, opera, dance and music. Although our Covent Garden home is temporarily closed, we are open for you 24/7 online. We are bringing our House to your house through a programme of productions streamed online on Friday evenings, as well as live content from our artists and staff. Enjoy the Royal Opera House for free, wherever you are across the globe.
I want to thank you for streaming these productions. I have connected with people from around the world in ways I never imagined possible.Alan, from Norfolk, who donated to support the Royal Opera House community