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26 November 2019The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - The Inside View

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The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - The Inside View Nigel Bates Tuesday 26 November 2019


10.00 am for 10.30 Start.  Finish 3.30pm

Nigel is Music Administrator for The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for nearly forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as Principal Percussion with the Orchestra. He has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and was also a producer for both the BBC's Maestro at the Opera and Pappano's Classical Voices documentary series. He is a contributor to the printed and online content of the ROH. 


All lectures are fully illustrated and include performance

audio and video clips.



The history and design of the Royal Opera House & its artistic heritage.

The first talk will look at the founding of the first Covent Garden Theatre in 1732 and follow the sometimes troubled history that has led to the wonderful Victorian building and world-class arts venue that exists today.  We will examine the detail of the auditorium and explore some of the music that has been performed within its walls along with the way composers, performers and managers have influenced the fortunes of the building for more than 280 years.


SESSION TWO: The Royal Ballet & the Orchestra

As a world-class arts venue, the Royal Opera House demands world-class performers and performances to keep audiences engaged, both inside and outside the theatre.  The second talk will look at the creation and history of two of the resident companies, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, who together re-opened the building in 1946. 

Break for Sandwich Lunch 

SESSION THREE : The Royal Opera, modern staging & the future

The final talk will trace the creation and history of The Royal Opera and examine the way that performers approach their craft. We will also see how a large and yet invisible backstage team works to meet the high-level demands of modern productions in the digital age - and learn that sometimes things do not always go to plan! 

Cost of Special Interest Day:  £25 – includes a Sandwich Lunch 

 Applications to:-

Mrs Ann Danby, Mereworth, Mill Lane, Donhead St Andrew, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9EF.

Email:  Telephone: 01747 828640

Cheques to be made payable to:  The Arts Society Wylye Valley.