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A century of scandal: The historic items that reveal the fascinating history of Salome at the Royal Opera House

December 4th, 2017

Ljuba Welitsch as Salome in the Covent Garden Opera Company production of Salome (1949) © Royal Opera House/Roger Wood Since its first Covent Garden performance in 1910, Richard Strauss's opera Salome has enjoyed a long association with the Royal Opera House – to date six productions have been staged at the home of The Royal...


ROH apprenticeships: applications now open for September 2016

May 9th, 2016

Sophie O'Connor, Costume Performance Support Apprentice © ROH/Sim Cannety-Clark Applications for 2016 are now closed. The Royal Opera House is now recruiting six new apprentices to join in September 2016. Positions will be available in the Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Costume, Technical Theatre, Lighting and Wigs and Make-up departments. 'Before I started I had the impression that the Royal Opera House...


Collections at the new Costume Centre: A two-year project comes to fruition

October 22nd, 2015

Collections Assistant, Paris Hart, packing the headdress for Peter Rabbit from The Royal Ballet's Tales of Beatrix Potter. Nicholas Hare architects © Alan Williams Photography This summer the Royal Opera House’s historic Costume, Furniture, Props, Art and Musical Instruments Collections were successfully moved from storage in Dover to their new home at the Bob and...


New ROH Costume Centre opened by Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

October 15th, 2015

Greg Clark MP at the opening of the new Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre © ROH 2015. Photograph by Sim Canetty-Clarke The Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre at High House Production Park in Purfleet was officially opened today by Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The...


Take part in the world's largest drawing festival on 24 October 2015

October 7th, 2015

Design activities at the ROH © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke Paper and pencils at the ready for The Big Draw event at High House Production Park in Thurrock on Saturday 24 October from 12 noon until 4pm! This event is part of an international drawing festival, which will see thousands of activities taking place around the world...


FUSED 2015: A festival of choruses and costume with ROH Thurrock

May 12th, 2015

The company of Ebb & Flow performing at the Grays Civic Hall © ROH / Brian Slater 2013 This July, Royal Opera House Thurrock will be hosting FUSED 2015: A festival of choruses and costume, here’s what’s coming up: Don Giovanni BP Big Screen On Friday 3 July, High House Production Park in Purfleet will...


Collections on the Move: the painstaking process of relocating the Royal Opera House’s invaluable historic archive

May 8th, 2015

Monster headdress before and after its packing in a bespoke archival box © 2015 ROH How many archivists does it take to change a lightbulb? Well, only one actually – but it takes a team effort to pack away objects of the historic ROH Collections, as we prepare to move the Costume, Furniture and Musical...


Degree in Costume Construction to begin in September 2015

March 30th, 2015

Apprentice Robin McGrorty and Mal Barton of the Royal Opera House Costume department © ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 011 In a bid to address the current shortage of high quality costume makers, a new degree course in Costume Construction has been announced by the Royal Opera House, University of the Arts London (UAL) and South Essex College. The...


First National College for the creative and cultural industries to be established at High House Production Park, Thurrock

December 11th, 2014

Lighting training, one of the opportunities to be available at the new National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries © Backstage Centre, 2014 The first, government-backed, National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries is to be established at the Backstage Centre, High House Production Park, opening in September 2016. Managed by Creative &...


Two years in: The Royal Opera House Bridge 2013/14 Annual Review digested

October 8th, 2014

Harwich Children’s Carnival ©ROH 2013. Photo by Paul Starr The Royal Opera House Bridge has now been in place for more than two years working to increase opportunities for children and young people in our region to connect with great arts and culture. We’ve been networking, co-investing, partnering and collaborating with schools and cultural organizations...