Performance Database: What’s Online

imageRoyal Opera House Collections have embarked on an ambitious project to catalogue every performance at the Royal Opera House from 1732 to the present. Records in this custom-made Performance Database mirror the detailed information found in the theatre's programmes. Records are divided into three levels: work, production, and performance.

  • Work: This record concerns the elements that never change about a work: creators, genre, premiere, and literary source (where appropriate). For an opera, the principal creators are the composer and librettist; for a ballet, the choreographer and composer.
  • Production: This level concerns the team that put the work on stage: producer, director, set and costume designers, lighting designer. One work may have many productions, and they are distinguished by the year of their premiere, shown after the title, for example, The Sleeping Beauty (1946).
  • Performance: This record concerns the people on stage or in the orchestra pit who perform a certain production of the work on a particular day.

The Search by Title function guides you down the levels from work to performance.

The Advanced Search function enables searching by person, company, character, date, and title.