Chorus Director William Spaulding and the chorus in rehearsal for ROH Unmasked on the rooftop of the Royal Opera House ©2021 ROH. Photograph by Danielle Patrick

ROH Unmasked

23 April22 May 2021
Online only
Opera and music

The Jette Parker Young Artists, the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House have teamed up to breathe new life into Royal Opera House spaces that have been empty this past year. Featuring beloved pieces from Britten, Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Gounod and Verdi, ROH Unmasked has been filmed in spaces that are not traditionally used for performances, ranging from behind the scenes to on the roof!

The music, settings and atmosphere of the performances mimic the experience of entering lockdown and emerging from it on the other side. This is juxtaposed with interviews with the Royal Opera House staff who usually work within the spaces. Featuring Filipe Manu, Alexandra Lowe, Blaise Malaba, Kiandra Howarth and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha alongside members of the Royal Opera Chorus, this film captures the reawakening spirit of everyone at the Royal Opera House as we return to live performance.

Generously made possible by

Oak Foundation

Streaming generously supported by

The Foyle Foundation



SopranoAlexandra Lowe

SopranoMasabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

SopranoKiandra Howarth

TenorFilipe Manu

BassBlaise Malaba

Chorus DirectorWilliam Spaulding

ChorusRoyal Opera Chorus

OrchestraOrchestra of the Royal Opera House


MusicBenjamin Britten, Charles Gounod, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner

Film directorJosué Garcia

Artistic Director JPYAPDavid Gowland


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