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

25 May 2017 at 5.40pm

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.

  1. Ballet and Dance

    A cast change has been announced for upcoming performances of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.

    Cast confirmation: Vladimir Shklyarov to dance in Marguerite and Armand on 5 and 10 June 2017

    25 May 2017

    A cast change has been announced for upcoming performances of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.

    The pair's unique chemistry elevated Ashton's ballet to the point it became sacred to other dancers – only recently has that begun to change.

    How Fonteyn and Nureyev's electric partnership turned Marguerite and Armand into a ballet icon

    24 May 2017

    The pair's unique chemistry elevated Ashton's ballet to the point it became sacred to other dancers – only recently has that begun to change.

  2. Opera and Music

    As the Shakespearean opera returns to the stage, Antonio Pappano reveals what makes the piece 'an Everest'.

    Watch: Why performing Verdi's Otello ranks among opera's greatest challenges

    23 May 2017

    As the Shakespearean opera returns to the stage, Antonio Pappano reveals what makes the piece 'an Everest'.

    There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.

    Why opera isn't all tragedies and trauma

    22 May 2017

    There's more to the art form than doom and gloom, as a number of comic gems prove.

  3. Learning

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

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

    2 May 2017

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

  4. Off stage

    Nicholas Hytner, Keith Warner and Joby Talbot explore the Bard's legacy within opera and ballet.

    Watch: Why composers and directors can't resist adapting the works of Shakespeare

    15 May 2017

    Nicholas Hytner, Keith Warner and Joby Talbot explore the Bard's legacy within opera and ballet.