Tantrums and Tiaras - Taking a look backstage at London’s Royal Opera House

by Nigel Bates

Thursday 13th January 2022



Nigel looks at the life backstage at London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the tribulations and triumphs of working with the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet companies. Simply putting on the performances is not enough - there has to be a certain level of encouragement for the audience to spend quite large amounts of money to attend a performance.  We will look at the way artistic inspirations, the people involved and the unique building all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment.  


Nigel Bates is a percussionist, lecturer and presenter who has worked as a performer for over thirty-five years in and out of London’s Royal Opera House, including seventeen years as principal percussionist with the orchestra.

In the course of over 6000 performances, broadcasts and recordings he has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry and brings his experience, observations and reflections (both as a player and as a manager) on the unique world of the performing arts.

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