The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera, music and dance. Both on and off stage, our work is inspiring, innovative and unashamedly ambitious. We are one of the busiest theatres in the world, in 16/17 delivering 368 performances and over 1,000 learning and participation sessions. We achieved 95% occupancy and over 1.1m attendances in Covent Garden and in cinemas worldwide last year, with even more people experiencing our work via broadcasting and digital activity. Presenting a varied programme of heritage works and new commissions each year, we ensure ticket prices are kept affordable through targeted ticket schemes for families, students, communities and school groups. 29% of tickets are £30 or less, 35% of tickets are £40 or less and 44% of tickets are £50 or less.
Our successful Learning and Participation programme is central to the work of the ROH. We are proud that last year almost 30,000 people participated in a learning project or with even more attending as first-time audiences. Whether we are working with visually impaired adults through ballet or inspiring school children with their first experience of the performing arts, all our projects are built on the foundations of passion, ambition and inclusivity. We aim to deepen participants’ understanding of our art forms, but also to discover and develop their individual talents, creative skills and interests and to help them achieve and exceed their personal goals.
We are enormously grateful to Julia and Hans Rausing for their support of the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet with a significant gift directed to specific Royal Ballet heritage works and new productions.