Anush Hovhannisyan to Headline Royal Opera House & Covent Garden’s ‘ROH Unlocked’ Program

By Logan Martell

The Royal Opera House and Covent Garden have announced “ROH Unlocked,” a month-long cultural program of free, pop-up performances, workshops, and costume displays that will turn the center into an outdoor arts festival.

The program will launch on July 10, 2021, with free performances at the ROH Summer Stage on the Piazza by The Royal  Opera Chorus, acclaimed soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, and workshops led by Aga Serugo-Lugo. There will also be dance workshops based on The Royal Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with families and visitors invited to participate on ballet barre classes.

ZooNation Youth Company will perform and co-lead a dance workshop based on TRB’s “Alice in Wonderland,” meant to give visitors a first-hand taste of both ballet and hip-hop dance styles. The ROH Story Shop, in partnership with Little Bulb theatre company, will give families a twenty-minute immersive experience into folk stories and fairy tales set to original music.

There will also be the launch of “The Theatrical Trail of Covent Garden,” a self-guided tour through their Market Building and streets, which have been taken over by their creative team. Visitors will be able to learn more about one of London’s most well-known neighborhoods, the highlight of which will be a Pointe Shoe Window installation featuring work from some of the world’s leading designers. Audiences will be able to enter into the pointe shoe ballot for a chance to win one of the designer shoes, along with two tickets for an ROH performance, dinner for two at the Piazza restaurant, and a private tour of the Royal Opera House.

“Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House have a rich history of collaboration and are proud to partner for ‘ROH Unlocked,’” writes Catherine Riccomini, Director of Market and Communications at Capco Covent Garden. “Covent Garden, central London’s home of culture, will become the stage of this new production, where the iconic institution will spill out across the estate to showcase the best of ballet and opera. This is part of Covent Garden’s summer program offering visitors the chance to experience world-class culture for free, in the heart of the West End, alongside innovative dining and shopping experiences.”