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Royal Opera House prepares to welcome latest London venue

The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate venue, opens with its first live performance this week.

Extensively redesigned and refurbished as part of the Royal Opera House’s Open Up project, London’s latest state-of-the-art theatre will open with TRIOConcertDance, a mixed programme of contemporary choreography.

Performed by Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo and Bruce Levingston, TRIOConcertDance features a series of UK premieres, and showcases the Linbury Theatre as The Royal Ballet’s new innovative and international stage for dance.

In February, The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of The Monstrous Child in the Linbury Theatre, a new opera by British composer Gavin Higgins and best-selling author Francesca Simon.

Inspired by Norse mythology, and incorporating innovative puppetry and design inspired by the Nordic landscape, this theatrical spectacle is sung in English and stars British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons.

Celebrating the Linbury Theatre as The Royal Opera’s intimate stage for contemporary storytelling, this opening production presents a new story for audiences in a fresh and imaginative way.

Visiting dance companies presenting work in the Linbury Theatre during 2019 include Ballet Black, Introdans and Cas Public, and in June the inaugural Young Talent Festival encompasses work from Rambert 2 and The Royal Ballet School, emphasising the importance of talent development through flagship, cross-company collaboration on this new West End stage.

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