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ROH Collections

The archive of the Royal Opera House

Step into the past and discover more about the history of the Royal Opera House by delving into ROH Collections. This remarkable assortment of material documents the history of the three theatres that have stood on this site since 1732, as well as the world-class performances of opera and ballet that have taken place on our stage for centuries.

Please note

ROH Collections is planning a major project to review its collections and update its catalogues. The first phase of work will begin autumn 2017. ROH Collections will be closed from 1 September 2017, reopening on 5 March 2018. During this time we will be unable to accommodate researchers or answer enquiries. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause and thank you for your patience. Please visit our website, where you may be able to find the information you need.

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Find out more about the Royal Opera House Collections department.


Explore our catalogue and performance database and view highlights from the collection.


ROH Collections is open to researchers. Find out more about making an enquiry or booking a research appointment.


Find out more about how to donate to ROH Collections.

News and features

  1. 22 June 2017

    Drawing on our history: how sketches bring The Royal Opera’s past to life

    Artist Alan Halliday sketched performances for more than 25 years, now preserved by ROH Collections.

  2. 7 June 2017

    New look: the living history of Marguerite and Armand’s designs

    Dresses worn by Margot Fonteyn and Sylvie Guillem reveal how every element of a ballet is carefully re-assessed for each revival.

  3. 25 May 2017

    How The Royal Opera has kept opera looking forward for more than three hundred years

    The ROH has been home to major opera premieres dating all the way back to our first resident composer Handel – as material from ROH Collections shows.