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A Gala Celebration – Life Reimagined

A very special evening in aid of the Royal Opera House featuring stars of The Royal Ballet and internationally acclaimed singers including Bryn Terfel and Eva-Maria Westbroek.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of A Gala Celebration – Life Reimagined. It was last on stage 25 February 2015 as part of the Winter 2014/15 season.


We will be celebrating an evening of the finest work from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera with The Royal Opera, and Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, have curated a bespoke programme that embraces the spectrum of talent that continues to delight and inspire the Covent Garden audience, ranging from the youngest dancers and singers to some of the most celebrated stars of the ballet and opera world – all accompanied by the fabulous Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The highlights from The Royal Opera will include a performance from Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, last seen in our production of Faust as Marguerite. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel singing Iago’s ‘Credo’ from Verdi’s Otello. British tenor Toby Spence will perform Lensky’s beautiful, tragic pre-duel aria from Eugene Onegin. He will be joined by Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson in the much-loved duet ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). There will also be the premiere of an exciting new commission performed by the talented children from the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda as part of our celebration of the Orchestra this Season.

From The Royal Ballet, we are pleased to announce that two new pieces have been created especially for the evening: a pas de deux from Kim Brandstrup for Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli to music by Purcell from The Fairy Queen; and a pas de deux by Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. The Royal Ballet School in its entirety will dance the Grand Défilé, and the Chance to Dance company will open the evening with an extract from David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Artists of The Royal Ballet will appear in the ‘cards’ section from Act III of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The whole Company, along with Principal dancers, will perform a variety of much-loved pieces, including: Sarah Lamb and Carlos Acosta in a special pas de deux; Mariañela Nunez and Thiago Soares in George Balanchine’s ‘Diamonds’ pas de deux from Jewels; Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux; and Vadim Muntagirov in a solo from Bronislava Nijinska’s Le Train bleu.

All proceeds go to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a registered charity that supports the outstanding performances, remarkable craftsmanship and inspiring Learning and Participation projects of the Royal Opera House.


Part I
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Texan Kangaroo Rat from ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café
‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’ from Manon Lescaut
‘See, even Night herself is here’ pas de deux
‘Au fond du temple saint’ from Les Pêcheurs de perles
Qualia pas de deux
‘Ebben? Ne andrò lontanta’ from La Wally
‘Diamonds’ pas de deux from Jewels
‘Le beau gosse’ from Le Train bleu
‘Credo in un Dio crudel’ from Otello
The Royal Ballet School’s Grand Défilé

Part II
Out of the Ruins
March from The Love for Three Oranges
The Cards from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
‘Kuda, kuda vï udalilis’ from Eugene Onegin
‘Suicidio’ from La Gioconda
Tchaikovsky pas de deux
‘Quanto amore’ from L’elisir d’amore
‘If I loved you’ pas de deux from Carousel
‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Die Zauberflöte