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Royal Opera House (Pocket Photo Books)

Harry Cory Wright, Alex Beard CBE

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An immersive photo guide on the Royal Opera House, one of the world’s leading opera companies

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The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, presents some of the most accomplished ballet and opera artists in productions of world-renowned quality and remarkable scale. There have been three theatres on the site. The original theatre opened in December 1732 and served initially as a playhouse. The first ballet was performed there in 1734, and the first opera (by Handel, who wrote many operas and oratorios for Covent Garden) later in the same year. The present building – the third on the Covent Garden site following two disastrous fires – opened in 1858 and has been known as the Royal Opera House since 1892. The Covent Garden complex was extensively transformed in several phases during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs explore every aspect of the Royal Opera House, from the red-and-gold auditorium and the rehearsal spaces of The Royal Ballet to the behind-the-scenes workshops where props, wigs, costumes, weapons and sets are created on site with extraordinary skill.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with Jacket

Size: 17.0 x 12.0 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 17 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500295793

Contents List

Introduction by Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House • The Photographs • Captions • The Royal Opera House: A Brief History

About the Author

Harry Cory Wright is a leading landscape photographer whose work is concerned with the fundamental sense of place. He has had many solo exhibitions, and in 2013 his work was included in the major exhibition Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography at Somerset House, London. In 2017 he featured in the BBC documentary The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, about photographer Harry Burton, who recorded the Tutankhamun excavation in 1922. Alex Beard CBE has been Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House since 2013. He previously worked for 25 years at Arts Council England and Tate. At the end of 2012 Alex was appointed a CBE for his services to the arts, and was made a Fellow of King’s College London in 2016.

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