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Wagner Appeal

The Wagner Appeal enables The Royal Opera to keep Wagner’s legacy alive for future generations by supporting the cost of staging our ambitious Wagner productions.

To make a donation, please complete the online form below or call Alice Macrae on 020 7212 9127. Thank you for your support.

In addition to the Wagner Appeal, we also involve supporters in philanthropic initiatives to give you the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the creative process and join us on our Wagner journey. Find out more about the Wagner Circle or joining a Production Syndicate.

How your support can help

£50 could buy two bags of clay for the Props Workroom to construct props for Lohengrin

Seemingly endless lists of props are required for Wagner’s productions, with their immersive storytelling. Each bespoke item that helps to bring the mythical world we see on stage to life is created in the Prop Making workroom, where a team of skilled craftspeople work with materials such as paint, foam, clay, plaster, latex, polystyrene and wood. Over the coming months the Prop Making workroom will start work on our new production of Lohengrin.

£150 could buy a new set of bass wires for a concert harp

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House play for almost all Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances. Wagner’s operas require additional orchestral instruments such as steerhorns, Ruhr-trommels (rope tension drums) and anvils. The orchestra for Lohengrin consists of 81 players and will need at least 35 hours of rehearsal.

£300 could provide a sword, dagger and leatherwork for a member of the Chorus in Lohengrin

The demand for weaponry in opera and ballet productions means that the Royal Opera House has a full-time Armoury team, who are responsible for creating, sourcing and ensuring the safe usage of all weaponry used in rehearsals and performances.

Der Ring des Nibelungen requires 37 items; including breakable swords, which are precisely constructed to break on stage at the exact moment required in Siegfried; an axe for Die Walküre; and four crossbows and arrows for Götterdämmerung.

£567 could buy the complete critical edition conductor’s score of Siegfried

The Music Library, based on-site at the Royal Opera House, purchase and mark up all orchestral and vocal scores. Their work includes manually transferring markings (such as bowings and dynamics) onto all parts. For Der Ring des Nibelungen the Music Library require a total of 11 volumes of critical edition conductor’s scores from the Wagner Complete Edition, which represents the most authoritative reference source available.

To make a donation, please complete the online form below, or call Isobel on 020 3772 6412. Thank you for your support.

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