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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.

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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.


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News and features

  1. 4 December 2017

    A century of scandal: The historic items that reveal the fascinating history of Salome at the Royal Opera House

    Once banned from the London stage, Strauss's radical opera has been seducing London audiences since 1910.

  2. 24 July 2017

    Piece of cake: The Royal Ballet’s Taglioni Cake cutting ceremony

    This charming annual ceremony celebrates the end of The Royal Ballet’s Season while paying tribute to one of history’s most iconic ballet dancers.

  3. 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.