Performance Database: What’s Online

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Royal Opera House Collections has embarked on an ambitious project to catalogue every performance at the Royal Opera House from 1732 to the present.

The Performance Database is a work in progress and is not complete. In the first phase we are focusing on performances by The Royal Ballet (formerly Sadler’s Wells Ballet) and The Royal Opera (formerly Covent Garden Opera Company) on the main stage of the Royal Opera House from 1946 onwards.

The records mirror the information found in the theatre's programmes. By searching the database you can see details of all works, productions and the first night of each run of performances. For many seasons there are numerous or all performances available.

Also online are selected performances by the ballet and opera companies on tour, and in the Linbury Theatre and the Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House. Some performances by visiting companies, such as the Bolshoi Ballet, on the main stage at the Royal Opera House have been catalogued. These performances date from after 2000.  

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.

To search the Performance Database use:

Browse by Title to search for operas and ballets from work to performance;

Advanced Search to search by person, company, character, date or title.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the ROH Collections at archive.enquiries@roh.org.uk or 020 7212 9353.

Now online

The Royal Ballet

  • All works and productions performed on the main stage at the Royal Opera House from 1946-2012
  • All performances on the main stage from September 1999-December 2012
  • First night casts for each new production or revival on the main stage from 1946-2012
  • All performances in the Linbury Studio Theatre 2000, 2004-2009
  • 'First Drafts'/'Draft Works' by Dancers of The Royal Ballet in the Clore Studio Upstairs 2005, 2006, 2008
  • All performances on tour 2001-2009

The Royal Opera

  • All works and productions performed on the main stage at the Royal Opera House from 1946-2012
  • All performances on the main stage from September 1999-December 2012
  • First night casts for each new production or revival on the main stage from 1946-2012
  • All performances in the Linbury Studio Theatre 2004-2009
  • All performances on tour 2007, 2009

Birmingham Royal Ballet

  • Works, productions, & first-night casts of ballets by Kenneth MacMillan

Visiting companies

  • The Bolshoi Opera: 2010
  • The Bolshoi Ballet: 2010
  • The Mariinsky Opera/The Kirov Opera: 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009
  • The Mariinsky Ballet/The Kirov Ballet: 2009, 2011
  • San Francisco Ballet: 2001
  • La Scala Ballet/Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company: 2001, 2007

Work and production records show the company name at the time of the premiere.

Performance records show the name at the time of the performance.