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Get closer to Royal Opera House productions as a Friend of Covent Garden during 2015/16

Membership offers priority booking, access to dress rehearsals and invitations to exclusive events.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

1 June 2015 at 1.14pm | 4 Comments

Over the course of the 2015/16 Season, The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and visiting companies will stage more than sixty works at Covent Garden.

For your chance to enjoy this Season to the full, you can become a Friend of Covent Garden. Benefits include priority booking, access to Friends Rehearsals, invitations to exclusive events and a subscription to the quarterly Royal Opera House Magazine and monthly eNewsletter.

The Royal Opera House is a registered charity, and the support from members is vital in helping to achieve the extraordinary performances on stage, as well as delivering skilled backstage craftsmanship and inspiring learning and participation projects. Membership starts at £90, and can be bought for yourself or as a gift.

Booking for the Autumn Season opens for Premium 1 Friends of Covent Garden on Tuesday 2 June. For Friends of Covent Garden, booking opens on 16 June for ballet productions and 17 June for opera productions.

The Royal Opera opens the Autumn Season in September with John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter’s new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, starring Juan Diego Flórez as the great musician Orphée. The Royal Ballet's autumn performances will commence with the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, marking the production’s 50th anniversary.

Other highlights during 2015/16 Season include two Royal Ballet world premieres: Carlos Acosta’s Carmen, performed in a mixed programme with VisceraAfternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky pas de deuxand Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, his first full-length ballet for the main stage. With The Royal Opera, Jonas Kaufmann sings the role of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen and Antonio Pappano will conduct a new production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci.

Find out more about membership.

For more information or to join today, contact us on +44 (0)20 7212 9268.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

1 June 2015 at 1.14pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged booking, friends, Friends of Covent Garden, members, membership, priority booking, Support

This article has 4 comments

  1. Jakegee responded on 3 June 2015 at 8:25pm Reply

    The above statement "Booking for the Autumn Season opens for Friends of Covent Garden on Tuesday 2 June" is somewhat misleading. Yes, the Premium 2 Friends booking opens on 2nd June ..... but that requires an annual Membership Fee of £1900! The Friends category booking opens on 16th June. Perhaps it would be wise to make this clearer in the legend above.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 4 June 2015 at 4:35pm

      Dear Jake

      I agree that this is misleading, thank you for pointing it out - we will amend the text to reflect the date productions go on sale to standard Friends.

      Best wishes


  2. Elizabeth gorman responded on 9 June 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    As expected the insight evening with juan Diego Florez sold out before even supporting friends were able to purchase tickets. You will have thousands of disappointed patrons. Was there no chance to hold this in the Linbury or elsewhere?

    • Susan Fisher responded on 18 June 2015 at 9:37am

      Dear Ms Gorman

      I am sorry that the event you wanted to attend was sold out. Unfortunately, the Linbury Studio Theatre was not available on that evening. In addition to our members, for this production we also have donors who are directly linked to supporting the production of Orphée et Eurydice and some of the leading roles in this work. As always, we strongly recommend to visit our website at regular intervals in case tickets are returned. We are hoping that we will be able to record this event and make it available on our YouTube channel afterwards:

      Best wishes

      Susan Fisher
      Head of Friends and Patrons

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