Royal Opera House announces first live concert since beginning of lockdown

Wayne McGregor in rehearsal © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The Royal Opera House announces ‘Live from Covent Garden’, a series of three unique performances to be broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook from its world-famous home in Covent Garden.

The first concert, on 13 June at 7:30 pm, will be hosted by the BBC’s Anita Rani and the Royal Opera House’s very own Director of Music, Antonio Pappano, and will see the ROH go behind the scenes as we open our theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers in the first live concerts since closing its doors to the public on 17 March.

The concerts will be a celebration of ballet and opera, as social distancing and lockdown measures mean the Royal Opera House’s building remains closed to live audiences.

The auditorium © ROH 2016. Photograph by Sim Canetty Clarke
The auditorium © ROH 2016. Photograph by Sim Canetty Clarke

The first concert will be free and will include work from Benjamin Britten and George Frideric Handel, both of whom have a long history with the ROH, as well as accompanying work from George Butterworth and Turnage, performed by stars including Louise Alder, Toby Spence and Gerald Finley. We also look forward to an intimate world premiere by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Further details of this exciting new work will be announced in due course.

Showcasing the best of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet companies, and curated by Director of Music, Antonio Pappano, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare and Director of Opera Oliver Mears, the ROH is proud to present some of the world’s finest talent in opera, alongside intimate performances from a select number of dancers from The Royal Ballet. All broadcast live and direct to living rooms across the globe.

Wayne McGregor © Nick Mead. ROH- 2012
Wayne McGregor © Nick Mead. ROH- 2012

The following two performances on Saturday 20 June and Saturday 27 June will be available to view live and on demand for just £4.99 and will include a host of ballet and opera direct from The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The first performance on Saturday 13 June will broadcast live for free.

You can learn more details of performances, dates and times, here or follow #OurHouseToYourHouse on the Royal Opera House’s social media channels.