Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

The Orchestra accompanies The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet on the Main Stage under the music direction of Antonio Pappano (The Royal Opera) and Koen Kessels (The Royal Ballet).

The Orchestra performs in concerts of their own, including performances at the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano. They have also performed at venues worldwide including Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Cadogan Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour with The Royal Opera.

Members of the Orchestra play an active role in events across the Royal Opera House, including working with the Learning and Participation teams. The Orchestra accompanies performances that are streamed all over the world, including through cinema screenings and broadcasts. They appear on many CDs and DVDs including Pappano’s acclaimed studio recording of Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo and Nina Stemme.

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House was founded in 1946 when the Royal Opera House reopened after World War II.

Orchestra Mentorship Scheme

18-25? Sign up to be part of our scheme.

For the first time, we are offering young musicians the opportunity to be mentored by a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Head of Orchestra Administration

Helen Dunne

Orchestra Manager

Claire Bayliss

Assistant Orchestra Manager

Helena Archer

Orchestra Administrative Coordinator

Kirsten Cross

Orchestra Administrative Coordinator

Rebecca Newman

Management Accountant

Angela Barbato

Orchestra Operations Manager

Ross Hendrie

Assistant Orchestra Operations Managers

Nick Burke

Music Library Managers

  • Julie Cook
  • Tony Rickard

Music Librarians

  • Robin Gordon-Powell
  • Emma Syrus
  • Joanna Taylor

Music Librarian/Music Library Assistant

Hannah Gray

First Violins

Concertmaster

Sergey Levitin

Principal Guest Concert Master, by arrangement with Trittico

Vasko Vassilev

Associate Concertmaster

Peter Schulmeister

Assistant Concertmaster

Melissa Carstairs

Assistant Concertmaster

Florence Garel

Sub Principal

Kaoru Yamada

Helen Briscoe

Ailsa Hunter

John Lovell

Katherine Wilson

David Hanesworth

David Butler

Mark Greensill

Amelia Conway-Jones

Jonathan Hartley

Second Violins

Section Principal

Anna Blackmur

Section Principal

Jan Schmolck

Principal

Soh-Yon Kim

Sub Principal

Marion McGowan

Stuart James

Helena Roques

Ksenia Berezina

Chloe Boireau

David Chadwick

Kirsten Shlomowitz

Violas

Section Principal

Amelie Roussel

Principal

Konstantin Boyarsky

Principal

Judith Busbridge

Sub Principal

Rebecca Brown

Emmanuella Reiter

Lucy Yendole

Richard Peake

Duncan Commin

Felicity Matthews

Cellos

Section Principal

Christopher Vanderspar

Principal

Hetty Snell

Andrew Gunn

Liubov Ulybysheva

Tim Hewitt-Jones

Mark Bethel

Lauren Steel

Rhydian Shaxson

Double Basses

Section Principal

Tony Hougham

Section Principal

Paul Kimber

Principal

David Peller

Sub Principal

Marco Behtash

Simon Hetherington

Simon Hallett

Martin Vigay

Flutes

Section Principal

Katherine Baker

Section Principal

Margaret Campbell

Sub Principal

Katharine Constable

Piccolos

Co-principal

Christopher Green

Co-principal

Philip Rowson

Oboes

Section Principal

Chris Cowie

Sub Principal

Margaret Tindale

Cor Anglais

Principal

Alan Garner

Clarinet

Section Principal

Matthew Glendening

Eb Clarinet

Principal

Fergus Morrison

Bass Clarinet

Principal

Marina Finnamore

Bassoons

Section Principal

Andrea De Flammineis

Section Principal

Miriam Gussek

Sub Principal

Sarah Andrew

Contra Bassoon

Principal

Martin Field

Horns

Section Principal

Philip Munds

Section Principal

David Pyatt

Principal

Huw Evans

Principal

Roger Montgomery

Sub Principal

Richard Bissill

Sub Principal

Jonathan Durrant

Sub Principal

Richard Kennedy

Trumpets

Section Principal

Nicholas Betts

Sub Principal

David Carstairs

Sub Principal

John Shaddock

Cornet

Principal

Daniel Newell

Trombones

Section Principal

Lindsay Shilling

Sub Principal

Michael Hext

Sub Principal

Robert Holliday

Bass Trombones

Principal

Patrick Jackman

Principal

Keith McNicoll

Timpani

Section Principal

Russell Jordan

Associate Principal

Chris Ridley

Principal

Simon Archer

Percussion

Section Principal

Henry Baldwin

Principal

Nigel Charman

Principal

Nicholas Ormrod

Principal

Simon Archer

Harps

Co-principal

Emma Granger

Co-principal

Lucy Wakeford

Administration

Head of Orchestra Administration

Helen Dunne

Orchestra Projects Manager

Claire Bayliss

Assistant Orchestra Manager

Helena Archer

Orchestra Administrative Coordinator

Rebecca Newman

Orchestra Administrative Coordinator

Kirsten Shepherd

Operations

Orchestra Operations Manager

Ross Hendrie

Assistant Orchestra Operations Manager

Nick Burke

Assistant Orchestra Operations Manager

Giacomo Carabellese

Orchestra Operations Assistant

Andy Pitt

Library

Music Library Manager

Tony Rickard

Music Library Manager

Julie Cook

Music Librarian

Robin Gordon-Powell

Music Librarian

Emma Syrus

Music Librarian

Joanna Taylor

Music Librarian / Music Library Assistant

Hannah Gray

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