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OPERA POSTERS.  The majority of our opera posters were produced for productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.  All our posters are guaranteed to be originals which were produced for display in London and elsewhere to advertise the ORIGINAL production. Until the late 1970s it was not usual for the Royal Opera to produce individual posters for each production and, instead, these were usually generic 'house style' posters that listed seasons of operas with dates of performances.  From the 1980s onwards, however, the Royal Opera House began to issue beautifully designed posters for each production.  Because these typically ran for only 6 or 7 performances the numbers produced for advertising purposes were necessarily few in number.  The production quality of these posters is particularly fine and they were usually printed on stout, good quality paper in rich colours, often lettered or highlighted in gold.  ROH posters were usually issued in 2 sizes but with identical designs - double crown (30 x 20 inches) and play bill (20 x 13 inches). From an early date the artistic worth of these posters was acknowledged and the ROH retained two copies of each POSTER for its own collection and examples are also housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Scroll down for a selection of our opera posters for sale.

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BILLY BUDD (1995) Original Royal Opera Poster
BILLY BUDD (1995) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: BILLY BUDD             DATE: 1995   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: The Royal Opera. Rodney Gilfry, Rodney Gibson, Graham Clark, Christopher Keyte, Bryan Secombe, Gidon Saks, Jeremy White.  Conductor: Robert Spano.   NOTES:  Poster for premiere of Francesca Zambello's  Royal Opera production of Benjamin Britten's opera.  This production opened at Covent Garden on 30th May 1995 and ran for 6 performances to 6th June 1995.  Poster illustrated with blue-tinted photographs of a ship's mast superimposed on the chest of a man with his neck in a noose.   CONDITION: Grade.....

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GBP85.00
CAPRICCIO (1991) Original Royal Opera Poster SIGNED
CAPRICCIO (1991) Original Royal Opera Poster SIGNED

TITLE: CAPRICCIO             DATE: 1991   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The ROYAL OPERA House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Allen, Franz-Ferdinand Nentwig. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.   NOTES:  A production premiere by the ROC of the opera by Richard Strauss. Staged on 7 January 1991 at Covent Garden. SIGNED and inscribed to Anthony Gasson in silver ink by Kiri Te Kanawa, "To Tony from Kiri Te Kanawa". Design by DeWynters.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint..

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GBP195.00
CARMELITES, The (1983) Original Royal Opera Poster
CARMELITES, The (1983) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: THE CARMELITES             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Regine Crespin, FELICITY Lott, Valerie Masterson. Conductor: Michel Plasson.   NOTES:  A rare revival of Francis Pouline's opera. POSTER for the production staged at Covent Garden on 18th April 1983 - the first time the opera had been seen in London for 20 years.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  MINT...

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GBP85.00
CARMEN (1991) Original Royal Opera Poster
CARMEN (1991) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: CARMEN             DATE: 1991   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The ROYAL OPERA House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Maria Ewing, Judith Howarth, Jean Rigby, Leontina Vaduva, Christopher Booth-Jones, Luis Lima, Roderick Earle.  Conductor: Zubin Mehta.   NOTES:  POSTER for the Royal Opera's new production of Bizet 's Carmen.  It opened at Covent Garden on 26th April 1991 and ran for 10 performances to 25th May 1991.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP125.00
CHERUBIN (1994) Original Royal Opera Poster
CHERUBIN (1994) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: CHERUBIN             DATE: 1994   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: The Royal Opera. Susan Graham, Angela Gheorghiu, Gordon Wilson, Robert Lloyd, Jane Gurnett, John Ramm, Ryland Davies, Gerard Quinn. Conductor: Mario Bernardi.   NOTES:  Poster for the World premiere of this production of Massenet's opera, staged by the Royal Opera Company at Govent Garden.  It ran for 7 performances between 14th February and 1st March 1994.  The POSTER design is after a photograph by Nick Knight.  Rolled.  Mint.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). .....

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GBP75.00
CHERUBIN (1994) Original Royal opera Poster
CHERUBIN (1994) Original Royal opera Poster

TITLE: CHERUBIN             DATE: 1994   FORMAT: 20 x 13.5 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: The Royal Opera. Susan Graham, Angela Gheorghiu, Gordon Wilson, Robert Lloyd, Jane Gurnett, John Ramm, Ryland Davies, Gerard Quinn. Conductor: Mario Bernardi.   NOTES:  Poster for the World premiere of this production of Massenet's opera, staged by the Royal Opera Company at Govent Garden.  It ran for 7 performances between 14th February and 1st March 1994.  The POSTER design is after a photograph by Nick Knight.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  MINT...

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GBP55.00
CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Les (1980) Original Royal Opera Poster
CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Les (1980) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN             DATE: 1980   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Pl?cido Domingo, Geraint Evans, Robert Lloyd, Claire Powell, Agnes Baltsa, Luciana Serra, Robert Tear, John Rawnsley.  Conductor: George Pretre.   NOTES:  Poster for the premiere of John Schlesinger's production for the Royal Opera of Les Contes D'Hoffmann (aka The Tales of Hoffmann) by Jacques Offenbach.  Opened at Covent Garden on 15 December 1980 and ran for 8 performances to 9 January 1981.  Poster designed by the Public Affairs Department of the Imperial Group Ltd.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson.....

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GBP95.00
COSI FAN TUTTE (1989) Original Royal Opera Poster
COSI FAN TUTTE (1989) Original Royal Opera Poster

TITLE: COSI FAN TUTTE             DATE: 1989   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Margaret Marshall, Susanne Mentzer, Andreas Schmidt, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Anne Howells. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL season of this new production which opened at Covent Garden on 6 March 1989 and ran for 6 performances to 23rd March 1989.  The striking poster design of artwork and photo montage is by Irene Von Treskow.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  MINT...

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GBP125.00
COVENT GARDEN PROMS (1985) Original Royal opera Poster
COVENT GARDEN PROMS (1985) Original Royal opera Poster

TITLE: COVENT GARDEN PROMS 27th May - 1st June 1985             DATE: 1985   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: The Royal Opera. Plácido Domingo, Agnes Baltsa, Frederica Von Stade.  Conductor: Colin Davis.   NOTES:  Poster for the Covent Garden Proms concerts 1985 sponsored by Midland Bank.  The programme included 'La Boheme', 'Samson et Dalila', 'Cosi Fan Tutti' and Frederica Von Stade in recital.  Highlight was possibly Plácido Domingo's 'Samson'.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  FINE...

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GBP95.00
CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, The (1990) Original Royal Opera Poster SIGNED
CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, The (1990) Original Royal Opera Poster SIGNED

TITLE: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN             DATE: 1990   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Thomas Allen, Gwynne Howell, Gillian Knight, Diana Montague, Robert Tear, Lillian Watson.  Conductor: Simon Rattle.   NOTES:  ROYAL OPERA premiere of Leos Janacek's three act opera which opened at Covent Garden on 7th June 1990. SIGNED in gold ink by Simon Rattle, Gwynne Howell, Thomas Allen and Robert Tear.  Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  The reflective gold signatures are not particularly clear when viewed head.....

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GBP165.00

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