The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, showcasing famous stars alongside rising talent and inspiring audiences around the world.
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, where truly incredible artists come to inspire audiences. It is home to three internationally prestigious performing companies – The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – and is of course renowned for its world-class performances. A place where new work and talent shines and extraordinary emotions are shared.
The Royal Opera House is certainly a theatre that reminds you of it's heritage and class and the inspiration that The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera provide is something that we wanted to crossover into the collection of images we've curated with the Royal Opera House to be customised for the first time as bespoke Murals, stunning Mounted Prints or even as our Ceramic Tiles.
Many of the images in the Royal Opera House collection come from their archives which record the history of the three theatres that have stood on the Covent Garden site since 1732, and the performances that they have housed. The Collections include the works of British photographer Roger Wood (1920-2005), who specialised in theatre photography and was particularly well known for his photographs of the ballet. Wood frequently photographed productions at the Royal Opera House, as well as dancers in the Sadler's Wells Ballet, particularly Margot Fonteyn.
The Royal Opera House Collections also include set and costume designs for their many productions. We’ve included some of Yolande Sonnabend’s designs for The Royal Ballet’s production of Invitation au Voyage, which premiered in 1982. Sonnabend worked closely with Kenneth MacMillan on a number of his ballets, and designed the productions of Swan Lake and La Bayadère still used by The Royal Ballet.
This beautiful and romantic collection also includes shots from some recent productions, including Scenes de Ballet (1948) and Rhapsody (1980), choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) and work by more contemporary choreographers such as Limen (2009), Sensorium (2009), and Viscera (2012).
Many were shot by one of our dancers - Andrej Uspenski whose photographs feature some of the finest dancers on stage today photographed backstage, in rehearsals and dressing rooms and even from the wings during live stage performances. As a Royal Ballet dancer himself, Andrej has a unique perspective, as well as unrivalled access not only to The Royal Ballet’s productions, but also to the dancers who perform in them.