I always go to the Royal Opera House once a year, because that’s were I’d hug out to take paparazzi style photos of the stars, while they are walking up and down on the Red Carpet during the Orange BAFTA Awards.
Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
- Covent Garden Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Charing Cross Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7240 1200
64 reviews of Royal Opera House in English
The best in the world at reasonable prices and I have allways managed to see everything I want.
Bars are spectacular and the roof terrace amazing.
Food isn't bad either but its the opera you come to see and there isn't much else in the world comes close
This is definitely a venue that will take your breath away.
The Royal Opera house hosts many world stage performances, opera and ballet.
There are many private functions rooms and rooms for hire. It definitely ticks all the boxes for a perfect night out in London.
This is where the Orange BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) takes place.
And the BAFTAs are always held, on the second Sunday of February (i.e. the Sunday before Valentine’s Day).
Tip: Always bring a DSLR camera with and a small umbrella, together with a waterproof/showerproof jacket and/or raincoat.
Over the last few years, I’ve always worn a Barbour wax jacket together with a pair of gloves and a small Fox umbrella. And more importantly, I always take more than one camera with me.
One of the most beautiful buildings in London. Being situated directly on Covent Gardens give you the chance to view the square from the Opera balcony during the show intervals. The staff were very friendly and although we arrived late, we were seated in a waiting area with live screens meaning we could view the show until the first interval started. The house itself has been very well kept after and will no dissapoint. The view is great at the house is relatively small in comparison to other theaters. Overall great.
Magical and Exhilarating!! Any performance here just makes my life so thrilling. Tried to get seats for a lunchtime concert in the Crush Room next week……sold out!
You have to get in early. Nutcracker coming soon.
This whole place is amazing. The balconies, the boxes, the ceiling are breathtaking. Yes, the drinks are eyewateringly expensive but it has the most fantastic terrace which overlooks Covent Garden. We've been to several operas there and it always feels like such a special occasion even for us in the cheap seats!
I absolutely love the Royal Opera House. The whole experience of seeing an Opera or Ballet there is magical. I don't care that the interval drinks are expensive because the quality of wine is fabulous. I always come out of there feeling like a millionaire, even though I usually get the £15 tickets.
This is such a beautiful and elegant building that it is well worth saving up your pennies to treat yourself to see a performance. From the moment you step inside, you feel so special! I saw The Bolshoi Ballet in May 2010 when they visited London and felt happy to have had the privilege of seeing one of the best ballet companies in the world!I paid for an extremely expensive seat in the stalls but it was worth it to get a good view of the dancers. I was so close that I could see the expression in their faces as they acted out their roles in Coppelia. Lovely live music from the orchestra, beautiful staging and costumes. During the interval there was plenty of time to find the loos or have a quick wander around the corridors where you can view black and white photos of dancers and past productions. Check out the gift shop as it's a great place to buy DVDs of ballets, dance magazines and presents for your friends!The whole place feels very airy and spacious- I liked it very much and hope to treat myself to another production in the future. For people who haven't seen a ballet or opera before, I would encourage you to go. Being here with the live music is a totally different experience from just watching it on tv!
Absolutely stunning place to see a show. I went to see Manon, which was an amazing ballet, but unfortunately we had to get Restricted View seats because everything else was sold out, and they were still quite expensive tickets. It was a fun experience being in a balcony box, but literally only seeing a third of the stage was a struggle.
I would highly recommend seeing Manon as the dancing is extraordinary, costumes are gorgeous, and setting is beautiful. Really exceptional show and so glad I went, even with partial view. Champagne bar will also set you back at £12/glass but it is a lovely atmosphere.
Aida at The Royal Opera House.
Verdi composed Aida in 1871 for the opening of the Egyptian National Opera House in Cairo.
David McVicar's production returns for its first revival at Covent Garden in impressive style in 2011.
With set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant, you are captivated as soon as the music starts and the curtain lifts.
Aida tells of a forbidden love between enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida (played wonderfully by Liudmyla Monastyrska who was drafted in after Micaela Carosi withdrew from the role due to pregnancy) and Captain of the Egyptian army, Radames (Roberto Alagna).
With the nations at war and with Aida needing the keep her royal connections a secret, the story soon takes a complicated turn.
Other productions of Aida are well known for being over the top, with most of the attention focused on set design and costume.
David McVicar's production however uses minimal set design and lighting.
With all this taking a step into the background, the main performances have the space to really shine through.
This includes the fabulous Olga Borodina who plays the Egyptian princess who is also in love with Radames and is determined to find out Aida's secret.
The highlight of the whole production was the martial arts inspired dance scene to celebrate the Egyptians victory over the Ethiopians performed along side Giuseppe Verdi's stirring score (conducted by Fabio Luisi).
Aida is playing at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden until April 15th 2011.
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lovellpatrick, 7 November 2011:
I went here recently to see Alice in Wonderland and I still get pleasant flashbacks when thinking about it.
The building is beautiful and everything has a really lovely and pleasant old charm about it. It still retains an orchestra pit and the bars serve a variety of drinks including very good kir royale which to me is the perfect drink for an interval.
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