With 22 ballet and 15 opera productions on average a year, it’s no wonder that when you step behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House (ROH) it’s a hive of activity. Nestled in the bustle of Covent Garden, the ROH is renowned for both its outstanding performances of opera and its beautiful classical ballets shows.
Home to one of the world’s busiest stages, the world’s leading opera Company and Britain’s largest ballet Company, there’s always so much going on here. The stage allows for one of three other full size stages to slot in at a moment’s notice. In the morning they could be rehearsing the ballet ‘A Winter’s Tale’ before the stage switches over for an evening opera performance of ‘La bohéme’.
Behind the scenes, you will find the Costume Departments, the costumes for each new ROH Production are the responsibility of the Production Costume Department. The Department works extremely closely with individual Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors, often beginning the process of selecting fabrics in the Fabric Library, known as the Pattern-room. A costume will also make it through the dye department, the work undertaken here is crucial to almost all of the costumes created at the ROH indeed there are very few costumes that do not find their way into the dye shop at one time or another.
The Hats and Jewellery Department shouldn’t be forgotten where they produce beautifully decorative pieces for the stage. The attention to detail provides the performer with the confidence that the jewellery will enhance their performance.
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Photo Credit: ROH Costume Department