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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

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


    View in Google Maps


    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)

    Automated Stage

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

    Changeover from afternoon rehearsals to evening show: