Royal Opera House to light up for spectacular

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    The Royal Opera House is usually alight with talent on the stage but, for a few days in September, the building itself will become the star of the show.

    As part of the Deloitte Ignite 15 festival, the full facade of the building facing onto Covent Garden Piazza will be transformed into a giant canvas for a spectacular piece of visual art on 4, 5 and 6 September.

    The projections will celebrate the history of the Royal Opera House and shine a spotlight on the rich world of creativity that flourishes both on and off the stage.

    The light show — created in conjunction with award-winning 59 Productions — will take place every half an hour from 8.30pm to 10.45pm.

    Three acts lasting six minutes in total will be accompanied by music including Handel’s Alcina, Joby Talbot’s score for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

    Royal Opera House chief executive Alex Beard said the project would be a celebration of the people that make up the organisation, both on and off stage.

    “This year, the Deloitte Ignite festival is about peeling back the layers of the Royal Opera House and telling the story of one of London’s most remarkable buildings from the 18th century through to today,” he added.

    Deloitte Ignite runs from 3 September to 27 September and includes free and ticketed events.

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