The tours are designed to give a behind-the-scenes experience, with each trip beginning in London with a private backstage tour of the Opera House followed by a performance of either the opera or ballet and overnight accommodation in the luxury hotel, One Aldwych. An experienced guest lecturer will accompany each tour.
The Royal Opera House Tours will begin March 18 with a performance of George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” at the Opera House, then travel on for a nine-day visit to Vienna to see “Aida” and “Fidelio,” and finally Salzburg for “Parsifal” and a concert with Evgeny Kissin performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No 4.”
Two additional tours in 2013 include an opera tour to the Santa Fe and San Francisco opera houses to see the specially commissioned “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” as well as a ballet tour to St Petersburg’s Mariinksy and Mikhailovsky theatres for performances of Russian ballet.
“Licensing and commercial partnerships are a key part of our ongoing business to support the work on stage at the Royal Opera House and to be able to share some of our knowledge of opera and ballet,” says Alistair Roberts, managing director, Royal Opera House Enterprises. “These international tours, where people will see other companies performing in their unique settings, are all part of broadening the enjoyment and passion that we have for our art forms.”