La Bohème leads Covent Garden thank you to NHS
The Royal Opera House is to stage special shows to thank NHS staff.
On June 27 there is to be a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème (pictured) before an invited audience of nurses and healthcare support workers from nearby hospitals – Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust and University College Hospital London.
It is part of a Thank You NHS programme from Covent Garden which will include a Family Sunday in September for NHS workers and their families, and in December a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet.
Tickets for all three performances will be heavily discounted thanks to support from The Laidlaw Foundation and the Helen Hamlyn Trust. The programme will continue into 2022 with a production of the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake in March.
“After the incredible challenges of the last 12 months the dedicated and tireless work of NHS staff has been monumental” said Jill Barker, Covent Garden’s director of learning and participation. “Their work has helped to save countless lives during this challenging year, and I am delighted that we have the 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.
“I am also delighted that the wonderful sound of the Royal Opera Chorus, beamed across hospital radio networks up and down the country, will give more people the chance to experience opera in all its glory”.