Royal Opera Chorus soprano Jane Mitchell waiting for her cue in the wings during the first night of the ROH's 1993-4 season production of Massenet's 'Cherubim', February 1994

Backstage during a production of Massenet's 'Cherubim'.

Darcey Bussell being fitted for her costume in 'Sleeping Beauty' by designer Maria Bjornsen.

Ballerinas in the wings during a general reherarsal of 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky), Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 1994

Dancers of the Royal Ballet during a performance of 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky).

Darcey Bussell, 'Sleeping Beauty'.

Darcey Bussell takes a breather in the wings during a general rehearsal of 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky).

Diptych: Sir John Tomlinson (right) in make up as The Green Knight, and his animatronic stage prop head. 

Royal Ballet character principal David Drew making up as Don Quixote.

Darcey Bussell in the wings during a general rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty.

Young dancers training at the Royal Ballet's White Lodge school, Richmond, Surrey.

Child in stag horns for a performance of Aida.

Principal ballerina Sarah Wildor in the wings during a general rehearsal of the Royal Ballet's production of 'Sleeping Beauty' (Tchaikovsky).

Dancers backstage at the Royal Opera House.

Singers leaving canteen, Royal Opera House.

Patrons at the first night of Massenet's 'Cherubim'.

Crowd control before the big screen relay of 'Carmen' in the piazza.

Placido Domingo (Don Jose) and Denyce Graves (Carmen) greeting the audience in the Covent Garden Piazza after a live big-screen relay of Carmen from the Royal Opera House, 20 May 1994.

Cleaning lady, Royal Opera House.

Viviana Durante taking her call after a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

The House

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1993-4

Client: BBC

Producer: Michael Waldman

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