The unrivalled excellence of The Royal Opera would not be possible without the Chorus. Undoubtedly the backbone of the Company, their musical and dramatic presence is integral to each of our opera productions.
Please help us celebrate the commitment and talent of our highly skilled Chorus by making a gift to the Chorus Appeal.
You can donate online or by calling Alice Macrae on 020 7212 9127.
What is your favourite thing about being in the Chorus?
“I love the playful aspects of being in an opera. Laurent Pelly’s magical production of L’elisir d’amore has the whole Chorus and principals romping on a vast haystack at the beginning of Act I, and then dancing round the stage to irresistible music at the end of the act. Most recently I enjoyed strutting on stage in a pair of sawn-off long johns in Robert Carsen’s production of Der Rosenkavalier. “
Simon Davies, Tenor
What is the most challenging thing about being in the Chorus?
“In any one week we may be singing in Italian, German, French, Russian, Czech and even Polish. Each language comes with its own difficulties and idioms, which we must master every day. Getting a production ready for a first night is the culmination of note learning, language study, acting and sometimes dancing... that’s no mean feat when you consider that the Chorus can perform between 20 and 24 productions a Season.”
Katy Batho, Soprano
What is the most surprising thing about being in the Chorus?
“The attention to the detail of our Costumes and Wigs Departments is amazing, and really makes us feel integral to each production. I am also always amazed at how much the Chorus embrace the occasional cross-dressing we are required to do on stage!”
Yvonne Barclay, Soprano