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Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


  • The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House was founded in 1946 on the reopening of the Opera House after World War II. The Orchestra plays for nearly all performances given by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, under Music Directors Antonio Pappano (The Royal Opera) and Barry Wordsworth (The Royal Ballet).

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  • The Orchestra also performs concerts. Performances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem under Pappano in London and Birmingham in 2009, a concert of works by Wagner, Liszt and Bartók at the Vienna Konzerthaus in March 2010, and the chamber version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at Cadogan Hall in February 2011. In September 2010 the orchestra took part in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed Japan tour, performing Manon, La traviata and Handel’s Messiah.

    In addition to their commitment to main stage productions, members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House play an active role in smaller-scale projects including many with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation Department. As part of the Royal Opera House's longstanding commitment to reach a wider audience, the orchestra can be heard accompanying The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet for Big Screen events in the UK and cinema screenings transmitted worldwide. They also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 with The Royal Opera.

    The Orchestra appears on many CDs including Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo and Nina Stemme (Pappano, 2005). DVDs include recent Royal Opera commissions The Minotaur, Anna Nicole and Written on Skin and the Royal Ballet commissions Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. Many other Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions have been recorded, including Carlos Acosta’s production of Don Quixote and Parsifal, directed by Stephen Langridge

Past tour
Pappano conducts
Europe, April 2018
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House travel to Vienna in April for a performance at the Konzerthaus with Sir Antonio Pappano and baritone soloist Christian Gerhaher.


21 April 2018
Konzerthaus, Vienna
Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano
Baritone Christian Gerhaher

Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings
Martin 6 Monologe aus Jedermann
Shostakovich 8 British and American Folksongs
Elgar Enigma Variations

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Past tour
Europe, March 2010
In March 2010, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Music Director Antonio Pappano made its debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with a symphonic programme designed to draw on its strengths as one of the world's great opera houses.

The Orchestra - together with Swedish soprano Nina Stemme - performed Wagner's Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Finale fromGötterdämmerung as well as Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite.


3 March 2010
Konzerthaus, Vienna

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Peter Ansell
Director / Head of International Touring
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