Royal Opera Lays Off Staff & Begins Restructuring

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Opera House has announced a restructuring due to financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement comes as the company has cut its entire team of casual staff. The Royal Opera House did not confirm how many jobs were cut but did state that “a voluntary redundancy process was also underway and that all casual contracts had been terminated.”

The company stated, “It is with huge sadness that we have begun a restructure process. The scale of financial pressure on ROH alongside continued  restrictions on our  ability to perform to live audiences, has resulted in this very difficult decision. ROH Director of Music, Antonio Pappano, has waived his salary since the beginning of the crisis and ROH Chief Executive, Alex Beard, has taken a significant reduction in salary.”

The Royal Opera has yet to announce a 2020-21 season. It is currently streaming performances on its website.