Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Seating Question
Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:19 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:31 PM
Key point is you can check the view from any seat by going through the booking process - once you select a seat on the seating plan it shows you a photo from that seat.
I've sat towards the back of the stalls which is great, front facing stalls circle (probably better than the stalls), and at the side of the stalls circle (some overhang but not a big problem). Cost of the seats generally reflects their relative quality. (NB most of my visits have been on special offers!)
Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:42 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:50 PM
Are you interested in attending opera or ballet? I ask because sight restrictions matter more for ballet.
If you don't have vertigo, I'd recommend first trying the Amphitheatre which is the large, topmost level (so a long way from the stage) but has good acoustics and many seats have good sightlines. Also, the tickets cost less than unrestricted view seats in the lower tiers and stalls. Remember to be sure to check the restrictions on any seat you book anywhere in the house!
If you're willing and able to pay much higher ticket prices, I'd give you a gentle warning that the stalls and lower tiers are not well raked or positioned so you always take pot luck there and only discover when you turn up whether you have a good view or are blocked by a tall head in front.
Also, it's a "horseshoe" auditorium which means that the tiers each hold just a very few rows and are positioned above the extreme rear and sides of the stalls. So, if you want to look down on ballet from above the stalls level, you'll either be at the back (far away from the stage) or at the side (with some restriction in your view of your side of the stage).
I hope I haven't put you off at all! Pick something you're keen on and you'll have a very fulfilling time there!
Posted 12 January 2014 - 05:06 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 05:07 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:03 PM
This production of Faust was very well received on previous outings
Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:53 PM
What is far less obvious is aisle placing. (Sometimes what looks like aisles on the seating plan turns out not to be on online photos - but online photos don't cover the entire auditorium, sadly.) Guess I'll be in the telephone queue come Tuesday, then! I wish venues would put good, clear images of their auditorium on their website - would help no end with booking. I appreciate that's just a personal bugbear but in these days of interactivity/cutting down on customer contact time, you'd think this would be obvious. Full marks to the ROH for the 'view from seat' option though...
On another note, I can't figure out why they're not filming Faust for cinemas. (Apart from the fact it allows them to keep ticket prices ridiculously high, of course.) With that cast, you'd think they'd want a record of it.
Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:28 PM
As an ROH friend, I thought I'd do a quick check for you to see how the land lies. My check only applies to the allocation of tickets made available to friends, and not the allocation reserved for the general public, and there IS an allocation for the general public.
This production has sold ridiculously well.
Stalls and Stalls Circle are completely sold out.
Fri Apr 4: 1 Amphitheatre Seat only remains.
Mon 7 Apr: 22 Amphitheatre seats only remain.
Fri 11 Apr: 19 Amphitheatre seats only remain.
Mon 14 Apr: 21 Amphitheatre seats, 16 Balcony seats and 8 Grand Tier seats remain.
Thu 17 Apr: 29 Amphitheatre seats, 16 Balcony seats and 2 Grand Tier seats remain.
Tue 22 Apr: 24 Amphitheatre seats, 19 Balcony seats and 2 Grand Tier seats remain.
Fri 25 Apr: 3 Amphitheatre and 1 Balcony seat only remain.
My conclusion for you is that you must be online within the first minute of the General Sale, you should head for one of the days above that have the most tickets remaining (as they are the days fewest people want to go) and you should pick the type of seat you want and the number of tickets and accept whatever they give you. Do not try to select your own seat, as the time wasted will see seats sold and you risk getting nothing.
My general advice is that if money is no object, you should accept whatever orchestra stalls seats you can get, as only there, and in the side stalls circle, can you really see faces without opera glasses.
If price is a factor, go for the Amphitheatre and take opera glasses. I generally find the acoustics in the amphitheatre are the best anyway, but I would not venture there without opera glasses, as faces are pin pricks to the naked eye.
Myself, I booked the uncomfortable benches in the side stalls circle for this production because they are less than a third of the price of orchestra stalls seats, they are well raked and you have a clear view of faces, but whatever general public allocation is made of those seats will sell so fast that you risk getting nothing if you try to get them. And if you do sit there, you have to look sideways and you are crushed on a bench between two other people.
Good luck. I really hope you see this production. I saw it with a less starry cast, and it's wonderful, which is why I have booked again.
Posted 13 January 2014 - 06:16 PM
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