UK – London – Royal Opera House

Dates: 1858 – present

Official website: http://www.roh.org.uk

What’s On: http://www.roh.org.uk/events

The Opera Machine website, 2018

Backstage at the Royal Opera House – The Opera Machine

The Opera Machine resource is an excellent way to see the variety of specialisms (and the large number of people) at the Royal Opera House during a show.
http://www.roh.org.uk/opera-machine

You can view any of the 17 cameras at any point during the 1 hour 20 minute performance of Act III of Wagner’s Die Walk├╝re, and even follow along with an interactive prompt-script. 

 

Backstage Tour

Take a tour of the Royal Opera House

Exhibits from this venue in the Backstage Heritage Collection

  • Arri Image
  • Lightboard
  • Links to information about equipment at Royal Opera House over the years

  • Lightboard (Strand)
  • C-AE - System C-AE (Strand)
  • Sitralux B40 (Siemens)
  • Image (Arri)
  • Documents


    Royal Opera House - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

    LSI: Siemens in the Garden (March 1987)
    [292kb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    LSI: Royal Opera House (August 1995)
    [2.09Mb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    LSI: Royal Opera House (January 2000)
    [7.44Mb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    Mentions of Royal Opera House in indexed journals

    Location


    View in Google Maps

    Equipment

    From The Stage Guide, 1971
    Electrics: Strand board in FOH control room. Dimmers – 240 (238 x 5kW and 2 x 10kW): 14 presets; groups – 40 memories. 
    Circuits – FOH 44; Flies 20; Stage dips 40; and 4 patch
    Socket type – 15A BESA and 30A Reyrolle
    Patching system: all battens and cycs; 28 FOH side spots and outlets, 40 on grid, 8 on bridges, 4 on stage. 
    Total capacity available – 1200A on 3 phases.
    Special effects supply – 480A on 3 phases and 900A on 1 phase, and 2 x 3 phase supplies at 100A per phase. 
    Follow spots – 4 Xenon in dome
    Footlights installed and cannot be covered.
    Sound: Console in basement. Amplifiers: 6 x 100W, 4 x 50W, 3 tape decks, 1 turntable. 
    Mic sockets – 40 (Reslo), 16 live inputs. 
    Loudspeaker sockets – 40 (including 2 in dome)

    Seen on Film

    Parts of the exterior of the building, as it was in 1948, can be seen in The Red Shoes, including Mart Street, which defined the edge of the Opera House at that point, before Covent Garden redevelopments removed it. The Bow Street (public) and Floral Street (stage door) entrances are shown clearly. More details.

    Automated Stage

    Information about the phenomenal automation system at the Royal Opera House by Stage Technologies: http://www.stagetech.com/royal-opera-house

    Changeover from afternoon rehearsals to evening show: