Royal Opera House Thanks Healthcare Workers with Special Performance of ‘La boheme’

By Logan Martell

On June 27, 2021, the Royal Opera House presented a special performance of Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Meant to thank the healthcare workers who have worked so tirelessly during the pandemic, the performance was given to a specially-invited audience of medical professionals from the NHS, Guys’ and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation, University College Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, among others.

This was the first of four events meant to show appreciation to healthcare workers, with the remaining performances set to be presented over the course of the next year. The curtain call on Sunday saw the cast, as well as the orchestra, applaud the audience for all of their effort.

In September, ROH will host a special Family Sunday event which will feature dance, singing, and craft workshops inspired by the repertory of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. In December, the ROH will invite NHS workers and their families to see TRB’s production of “The Nutcracker,” along with special events, activities, and pop-up performances to add to the Christmas experience. Finally, in March 2022, they will present a special performance of “Swan Lake.”

“After the incredible challenges of the last 12 months, the dedicated and tireless work of NHS staff has been monumental,” wrote Jillian Barker, ROH’s Director of Learning and Participation, in a press release. “Their work has helped to save countless lives during this challenging year, and I am delighted that we had this chance to give hundreds of nurses, porters and healthcare support workers from our nearest hospitals, as well as their families, the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful ballet and opera experiences.”