Live from Covent Garden © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Sim Canetty-Clarke

Live from Covent Garden – 13 June

13 June25 July 2020
Free to watch
Online only
Ballet and dance
Opera and music
Back to Live from Covent Garden

While our wonderful building is closed to the public, we are bringing you three very special performances streamed live from the Royal Opera House as part of our #OurHouseToYourHouse series.

Live from Covent Garden will celebrate ballet and opera in programmes of dance and music, curated by artistic directors of the Royal Opera House: Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, Director of Opera, and Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet.

These will be the first live performances at the Royal Opera House since we closed our doors on 17 March. Our first performance will be on Saturday 13 June, broadcast live at 7.30pm BST and will be free. These live events are being streamed on the ROH streaming site. Find out more.

Programme for the performance

  • Benjamin Britten: On this Island op.11 (1937, to five poems by W.H. Auden), performed by Louise Alder
  • George Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (1911, to poems by A.E. Housman), performed by Toby Spence
  • Ballet Interlude: Morgen, choreographed by Wayne McGregor to Richard Strauss Morgen! op.27 no.4 (1894, to the poem by John Henry Mackay). Louise Alder (soprano) and Vasko Vassilev (violin). Performed by Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage: Three Songs (2000, to texts by Stevie Smith, Thomas Hardy and Walt Whitman), performed by Gerald Finley
  • arr. Benjamin Britten: The Crocodile (1941, to a traditional text and melody), performed by Gerald Finley
  • Gerald Finzi: Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun op.18 no.3 (1929, to a text by William Shakespeare), performed by Gerald Finley 
  • George Frideric Handel: ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ (from the opera Alcina, 1735, after a story from Orlando furioso), performed by Louise Alder
  • Georges Bizet: ‘Au fond du temple saint’ (from the opera Les Pêcheurs de perles, 1863, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré), performed by Toby Spence and Gerald Finley

Music credits:

  • On This Island Composed by Benjamin Britten. Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd 
  • The Crocodile Composed by Benjamin Britten. Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd 
  • Fear No More The Heat Of The Sun Composed by Gerald Finzi. Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
  • Three Animal Songs by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Texts by Stevie Smith, Thomas Hardy and Walt Whitman. By arrangement with Schott Music Ltd

With warm thanks to

Joyce and Philip Kan

How to watch

This event will be streamed on our ROH streaming site. You can also watch via our Facebook and Youtube channels.


You can find out more about how to access this event here. If you are experiencing further problems with accessing this event, please visit the Help Centre.



Help secure the future of ballet and opera.

Experience, enjoy, donate

Donate now