The Prince of Wales, as a keen supporter of the arts, has agreed to become Patron of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
This announcement comes shortly after a private visit to Covent Garden during which The Prince met international opera singer Bryn Terfel and other members of the cast and crew of The Royal Opera’s new production of Die Fliegende Holländer.
The Prince also watched and met dancers of The Royal Ballet rehearsing Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV which opened as part of a mixed bill on Saturday 31st January and met children from Years 5 and 6 from six different Southwark Schools currently on ROH Education’s Chance to Dance scheme.
The Prince has been involved with the Royal Opera House for more than 30 years as Patron of The Royal Opera since September 1975, President of the Friends of Covent Garden since January 1978 and President of The Royal Ballet since April 2004.
During this time, he has been enormously interested in and supportive of the wide-reaching work of the Royal Opera House (ROH).
“I am absolutely delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become our Patron. He has been the most tremendous supporter of us all and it is wonderful that he has agreed to deepen his relationship with us even further.” Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said .