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Ticket pricing for the 2012/13 Season

More than 50% of all seats for opera productions are available for £65 or less.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

21 March 2012 at 1.05pm | 10 Comments

There have been some queries about our opera seat prices for the 2012/13 Season.  We have done a number of things:  either lowered all price bands for a number of opera productions across the Season, or kept the prices the same as when the productions had their previous showing at Covent Garden.  So for example, the prices for Tosca and La bohème will range from £6 - £175 next season instead of £9.70/ £9 - £219.50 when it was last on, and all the other seats in the house for these operas will be cheaper than the last time – it is a lower price range for the whole house (although, in pounds, the cut is naturally higher for the expensive seats).  In the case of The Minotaur prices are held to the 2008 rate with a top price of £65. 

A recent Evening Standard article stated: "[The] price drop is being made up for by ticket prices elsewhere." What this means is there will be an increase in seat prices for a few productions we know there will be a huge demand for tickets for such as The Ring (which is sold out), Don Carlo, La Rondine and the new production of Nabucco.  But this by no means implies that we will be upping the prices of the cheaper seats generally. In fact, we will continue to have – across the season on average – more than 50% of all seats available for £55 or less, and 40 % of all seats for £40 or less.

Pricing for the first booking period of next Season - click on the link below to enlarge:

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

21 March 2012 at 1.05pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged 2012/13, booking, Don Carlo, La bohème, La Rondine, Nabucco, opera Tosca, The Minotaur, tickets

This article has 10 comments

  1. Thank you ROH for making this pricing policy transparent and thus ensuring that the press reports are put in their right place.

  2. James Miller responded on 23 March 2012 at 6:30am Reply

    Thank you

  3. Stephen Cutler responded on 23 March 2012 at 12:29pm Reply

    Thank you for clarifying. The Intermezzo blog went completely off the rails on this as a result of taking the Evening Standard article at face value without checking the facts. I just hope that the lower prices will mean that there is less last-minute discounting of seats, because this is always extremely frustrating to Friends and others who have booked early and at the full price.

  4. Hariclea responded on 24 March 2012 at 11:27pm Reply

    Thanks for clarifying things, people do like to speculate and badmouth with every occasion, often ignoring the facts, now it is there black on white. I like the varied pricing, gives me plenty of choice and room for repeat visits at what i can fit into my budget

  5. Andy Bass responded on 28 May 2012 at 3:14pm Reply

    Excellent news re the ticket pricing. I'm glad such a high number will be accessible. I cannot wait to take advantage on the first day of public sales.

  6. Ken Bromfield responded on 30 May 2012 at 8:17am Reply

    The ticket prices chart on this web page is unreadable.
    Where is the theatre seating plan?

  7. Ben Byram-Wigfield responded on 18 October 2012 at 11:03am Reply

    Here's the BBC "Price of Football" 2012/13 by comparison.
    Football is for the common man and not "elitist", of course, despite being more expensive.

  8. james byrne responded on 5 January 2015 at 12:34pm Reply

    Tickets for any seats with a reasonable view are just too expensive in ROH. Next month I am going to the Munich Staatsoper to see Cosi fan tutte for €101.50 for a seat in the 7th row centre in the stalls. Also check out:
    for their free TV live broadcasts.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 5 January 2015 at 2:06pm

      Dear James

      Thank you for your comment.

      You may not be aware that German opera houses are very heavily subsidised by public money, which is what allows them to sell stalls tickets for this price.

      It is not the case, however, that these are the only seats with a reasonable view at the ROH. We sell tickets at a range of prices that allow people to attend opera for as little as £9. The Royal Opera House is a charity that has a responsibility to balance the books with a combination of ticket sales, commercial income from cinema screenings, the support of the Friends of Covent Garden and other philanthropy, sponsorship and through public subsidy. It is unlikely that we will obtain further funding in the current climate, so I wouldn't expect a drop in ticket prices soon.

      Best wishes


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