Royal Opera House reorganises ROH2 programme

17 August 2012, 08:40 | Updated: 17 August 2012, 12:29

Opera output handled by ROH2, the arm of the Royal Opera House responsible for commissioning and staging new works, is to sit within The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera under new management.

ROH2, the contemporary and cross-artwork arm of the Royal Opera House, is to be assimilated into the new management of the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera in the 2012-13 season.

ROH2 has commissioned and staged productions since 2001, mostly in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Clore Studio and the Paul Hamlyn Hall but also in the regions, as well as being responsible for special projects such as the Deloitte Ignite festival, now in its fifth year, and being currently being curated by artist Yinka Shonibare.

Director of Opera Kasper Holten will lead the team responsible for commissioning and developing opera and music in the alternative spaces, working with John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera, continuing many of the external collaborations that have developing over the years with ROH2 and evolving them further.

More than 100 new opera projects have been created through the Opera Development programme led by John Lloyd Davies. Ballet and dance in the Linbury and other spaces will be overseen by the new Director of Ballet, Kevin O'Hare and his Artistic Associates
Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor.

The Royal Opera House said their internal reorganization of the artistic management of the work does not in any way affect their commitment to commissioning innovative and challenging new work and collaborating with other creative organizations.

The new season begins on September 1st.