Jessica Cottis and Na’ama Zisser in rehearsal ©2018 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Engender Network

15 November 201914 February 2020
Multiple venues
Opera and music

Engender is a celebration of, and platform for, women in opera, and an investment in their future. The Royal Opera’s Engender initiative aims to highlight the wealth of female talent both onstage and behind the scenes, and provide a platform for conversations exploring gender in opera today. With a focus on new work, you can expect first glimpses of work in progress, performances from emerging artists and the opportunity to debate the future of opera with practitioners working across the art form.

The Royal Opera's Engender initiative is part of the Royal Opera House's commitment to promoting diversity in the arts, both on and off the stage. Alongside Engender, this Season The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme hosts two Women Conductor courses, seeking to place women at the heart of classical conducting and change the landscape for women conductors across the globe.


Step-free access is via the Bow Street entrance. There is also step-free access to all restaurants, bars, and front of house areas. The ground floor café is open from 10am every day, bars throughout the day, and our restaurants from 90 minutes before curtain up. All our restaurants have step-free access via one of our lifts, however, it is worth being aware of the following:

The lift on the left-hand side of the Main Stage auditorium provides access to the café, Linbury Theatre, Paul Hamlyn Hall, Balcony Restaurant and Crush Room.

The lift on the right-hand side of the Main Stage auditorium provides access to the café, Level 5 Bar, the Piazza Restaurant and Terrace Bar and the Crush Room.