UK – London – Royal Opera House

Dates: 1858 – present

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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.

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

Archive equipment related to Royal Opera House over the years

  • Lightboard (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

    Exhibits in the Backstage Heritage Collection

  • Arri Image
  • Lightboard
  • Location

    View in Google Maps

    Automated Stage

    Information about the phenomenal automation system at the Royal Opera House by Stage Technologies:

    Changeover from afternoon rehearsals to evening show: