The Royal Opera House entrance on Bow Street © ROH 2012
The Royal Opera House entrance on Bow Street © ROH 2012

About the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet. Home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – we seek to be always accessible and engaging, to develop audiences across the UK and to break new ground in the presentation of lyric theatre.

Our main corporate entity is Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a registered charitable company limited by guarantee (registered in England no.480523, registered Charity no.211775). Royal Opera House Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary (registered in England no.4112266), which carries on trading activities that fall outside the primary charitable purpose of the Royal Opera House.

The Board of Trustees of Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation is responsible for the governance of the Royal Opera House and is our ultimate decision-making body. Supported by the Executive Team, it is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Royal Opera House’s mission and aims. The members of the Board and of our other key committees are listed below.

Patron

HRH The Prince of Wales

Hon. Vice-President

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG

Hon. Vice-President

Dame Vivien Duffield DBE

Chief Executive

Alex Beard CBE

Board of Trustees
  • Ian Taylor Chair
  • Lady Heywood Deputy Chair
  • Tim Bunting
  • Kirsty Cooper
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
  • Susan Hoyle OBE
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Julian Metherell
  • Munira Mirza
  • Paul Morrell OBE
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Roger Wright CBE
  • Danny Wyler
  • Fiona Le Roy Company Secretary
Finance and Operations Committee
  • Lady Heywood Chair
  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Julian Metherell
  • Ian Taylor
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Danny Wyler
Audit and Risk Committee
  • Julian Metherell Chair
  • Lady Heywood
  • Sir Nicholas Hytner
  • Sir John Kingman
  • Ian Taylor
  • Laura Wade-Gery
  • Danny Wyler
Learning and Participation Committee
  • Munira Mirza Chair
  • Hilary Carty*
  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
  • Jane Ellison*
  • David Hall*
  • Anne McElvoy*
  • Dame Theresa Sackler*
  • Ian Taylor
  • Dr Susan Tranter*

*Co-opted Committee Member

Development Committee
  • Ian Taylor Chair
  • Ian Andrews
  • Roger Barron
  • Sue Butcher
  • The Countess of Chichester
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Martin Houston
  • Robert Kalff
  • Sophie Lecoq
  • Thomas Lynch
  • Bernard and Genevieve Mensah
  • Julian Metherell
  • Sir Simon Robertson
  • Kristina Rogge
  • Dame Gail Ronson
  • John Singer
  • The Earl of Snowdon
  • Natasha Tsukanova
  • Danny Wyler
  • Lady Young of Graffham
People and Organization Committee
  • Ian Taylor Chair
  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
  • Lady Heywood
  • Julian Metherell
  • Munira Mirza
Royal Opera House Endowment Fund
  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE Chair
  • Sir David Lees
  • Sir Stuart Lipton
  • Julian Metherell
  • Sir Simon Robertson
  • Sir Simon Robey
  • Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia
  • Peter Troughton CBE
Honorary Trustees
  • The Countess of Chichester
  • Dame Gail Ronson
Board of Honorary Directors
  • Ian Taylor Chair
  • The Countess of Chichester Honorary Vice Chair
  • Dame Gail Ronson Honorary Vice Chair
  • Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten
  • Lady Ashcroft
  • Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne
  • Celia Blakey
  • BP International – Peter Mather
  • Tim and Sarah Bunting
  • Coutts & Co. – Peter Flavel
  • Dr Peter and Fiona Cruddas
  • Dr Genevieve Davies
  • Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE
  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
  • Aline Foriel-Destezet
  • Hamish and Sophie Forsyth
  • Kenneth and Susan Green
  • Jane Hamlyn
  • Linda and Philip Harley
  • Dr Catherine Høgel
  • Aud Jebsen
  • Anna and Moshe Kantor
  • Doug and Ceri King
  • Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev
  • Lord and Lady Laidlaw
  • Rena and Sandro Lavery
  • Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and Phillipp Hildebrand
  • Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier
  • Marit Mohn
  • Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE
  • Stefan Sten Olsson
  • Jette and Alan Parker
  • Natalie Parker
  • Mrs Clarissa Pierburg
  • Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber
  • Sir Simon and Lady Robertson
  • Rolex – Arnaud Boetsch
  • Dame Theresa Sackler
  • Mrs Lily Safra
  • Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover
  • Ian and Tina Taylor
  • Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson
  • Tsukanov Family
  • Van Cleef & Arpels – Geoffroy Medinger
  • Dr and Mrs Michael West