The Royal Opera House is closing its doors for select performances in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and her recent passing at age 96, closing a reign that spanned seven decades and made her the most recognized woman in the world.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and our thoughts remain with the Royal Family at this very sad time. The Royal Opera House will close on the day of the State funeral, Monday 19 September 2022, and therefore the performance of Don Giovanni that evening, as well as all tours during the day have been cancelled. We will be in touch with all ticket buyers." -Royal Opera House
PHOTO- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Maria Callas
They also stated,
[The Royal Opera House is closing] "to mark the State funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II." -The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has had a long history with the Queen, of which has been described eloquently by its CEO, Alex Beard, at the knowledge of her passing.
"We are enormously saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her patronage of the Royal Opera House was a source of great pride to all our artists and staff, and her longstanding support for the arts was deeply appreciated.
Her Majesty the Queen had a long history with the Royal Opera House, granting The Royal Ballet with its royal charter and becoming its Patron more than 66 years ago, in 1956.
Over the course of her life, Her Majesty was a keen supporter of the arts and visited the Royal Opera House many times, celebrating her Golden Jubilee here in 2002." -Alex Beard, CEO, Royal Opera House.
The opera house is still set to continue with "Don Giovanni" from September 13 through September 26.
More information on performances can be found at the Royal Opera House's website below.