The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoy an evening at the Royal Ballet – Royal Central
On Thursday 10 June, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had an evening to attend the ballet. They went to the Royal Opera House to see the Royal Ballet perform “Balanchine and Robbins,” a celebration of the two acclaimed American choreographers. On Wednesday, the Duchess visited the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 with Dame Darcey Bussell.
The dance and theater industry slowly began to open up and companies were able to start welcoming audiences back to theaters. The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera once again staged productions for live audiences at 40% capacity and also broadcast their performances online. Since they were forced to close their doors in March 2020, they have released 38 productions and various online content that have been viewed more than 15 million times in 183 countries.
Charles and Camilla were greeted by Alex Beard, the Managing Director of the ROH, Sir Simon Robey, Acting President, and Kevin O’Hare, the current Director of the Royal Ballet. They then hosted the new production, which will take place from June 4 to 13 on the main stage of the Royal Opera House. It includes two pieces George Balanchine – Apollo and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux – and that of Jerome Robbins Dances at a rally. After watching the show, the couple met dancers at a reception to discuss their return to work and on stage.
As stated in the Daily mail, dancer Mayara Magri said: “I can’t tell you how delighted we are to have them here.” She explained that dancers must wear masks during lessons and rehearsals, but they can be waived for performances.
“The prince said how wonderful it was to see a show live again, and I told him it was the same for us to be here, playing. It’s just wonderful and so exciting It was a pleasure to have them here.
The British royal family has long had close ties to the pillar of Covent Garden. The Queen is the patron saint of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet. The theater received a royal charter in 1892, moving from the Theater Royal to the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet received its charter in 1956, the second ballet company to receive this honor during the Queen’s reign. The Prince of Wales has been godfather of the Royal Opera since 1975, godfather of the Royal Opera House since 2009 and president of the Royal Ballet since 2003.