Sylvia - Royal Opera House

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Venue Information
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street

Seating Plan


(3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.


In a season that also sees Sir Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed production of “Cinderella” appearing at the Royal Opera House, another of his renowned works makes its way to the stage. From early November to early December 2010 audiences will be sitting down to witness “Sylvia” as the classic ballet finds its way back to the live setting. It will be a wonderful opportunity for audiences to see a tale involving Gods, Greek myth and compelling performing talents as a host of highly skilled dancers take on the lead roles of Sylvia, Aminta and Orion.

The story in “Sylvia” focuses on the title character as she arrives to make fun of Eros, the God of Love. Not long before her Aminta had arrives at the setting and when she turns her arrows on the God, it is he who protects him and becomes wounded. Later, after Eros’s retaliation, Sylvia is kidnapped by the hunter Orion and held captive in a cave, with the hunter doing everything he can to keep her trapped. But it is to no avail and eventually Sylvia breaks free with the help of Eros and attempts to find Aminta once again, hoping that they can finally be together.

Sylvia was originally devised back in the 1870s by Louis Merante, but the version that is often seen today is the edition that Sir Frederick Ashton put together in the 1950s. This is because the original version was not as popular as it deserved to be and it was the revamp that the British ballet dancer and choreographer devised that would bring it to new audiences all over the world. During his career, Ashton choreographed new versions of various shows (such as “Cinderella”) and became highly renowned for his efforts, in addition to his work putting together the Royal Ballet.

Retaining the music by Léo Delibes and featuring performers such as Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Marianela Nunez and Zenaida Yanowsky in the title role, “Sylvia” is likely to be a welcome addition to the Royal Opera House’s Autumn line-up.

Sylvia makes its appearance at the Royal Opera House from Wednesday 3rd November 2010 and will continue at the location until its closure on Wednesday 1st December 2010.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 23rd November 2017
Booking Until: Saturday, 16th December 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 12.30pm
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