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The Royal Opera

One of the world’s greatest opera companies

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

Find out more about The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of The Royal Opera since 2002.

Oliver Mears, Director of Opera of The Royal Opera

Oliver Mears has been Director of Opera of The Royal Opera since 2017.

Artists of the 2016/17 Season

Discover more about the international singers and conductors performing with The Royal Opera in the 2016/17 Season.

Jette Parker Young Artist Programme

Read more about The Royal Opera’s programme to support artists at the beginnings of their careers.

Royal Opera Chorus

Discover more about the Royal Opera Chorus, the backbone of The Royal Opera, founded in 1946.

Staff

Discover more about the support team behind the performances on stage.

Peter Mario Katona, Director of Casting

Peter Mario Katona has worked at the Royal Opera House since 1983.

John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera

John Fulljames has been Associate Director of Opera of The Royal Opera since 2011.

Cormac Simms, Administrative Director

Cormac Simms has worked at the Royal Opera House since 1985.

The Royal Opera’s history

Find out more about The Royal Opera’s illustrious history since its founding in 1946.

The Royal Opera

Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales

Music Director, Royal Opera House: Sir Antonio Pappano Position generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE
Director of Opera: Oliver Mears Position generously supported by Dr Genevieve Davies
Director of Casting: Peter Mario Katona
Associate Director of Opera: John Fulljames Position generously supported by Stefan Sten Olsson
Administrative Director: Cormac Simms

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

Some of the world's most famous singers have performed with the Company, including Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel, as well as the late Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, founded in 2001, offers exceptionally talented musicians at the start of their careers a tailored programme of coaching and performance opportunities. Many of its graduates are now seen regularly on the international stage.

News and features

  1. 10 May 2017

    The secret world of the opera prompter

    Secretly mouthing the singers' cues from a cramped, hidden box, the job of a prompter is often unfairly overlooked.

  2. 8 May 2017

    Opera Essentials: Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

    Our quick introduction to this world premiere from a music icon.

  3. 2 May 2017

    'Do you think I could be in an opera one day?': Schoolchildren quiz soprano Ermonela Jaho

    As booking opens for the new Season's Schools' Matinees, soprano Ermonela Jaho answers schoolchildren's questions about opera.