Tantrums and Tiaras: Backstage at Covent Garden

Nigel Bates

12th February 2020




Tantrums & Tiaras is a look at backstage life at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the pressures faced by performers, be they singer, dancer, conductor or musician. We see how the building copes with the demands of modern productions and examine audience expectations both inside the theatre and out. We also look at some of the highs and try to understand some of the lows that have been the fortune of the Royal Opera House over the years. Fully illustrated including audio and video clips.

Lecturer’s CV

Nigel Bates is Music Administrator of The Royal Ballet and has been a performer for forty years in and out of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In the course of over 6000 performances, broadcasts and recordings he has worked with many of the leading figures in the classical music industry. He commenced his musical career in the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards before joining the Orchestra of Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and working as a freelance player with most of the London orchestras and ensembles.

He was Section Principal Percussion of the ROH Orchestra from 1993-2009 and joined the The Royal Ballet Music Department in 2012. He has given lectures and presentations for many years both in the UK and abroad, including nearly every society in the Australian DFAS network. He is a regular contributor to the printed and online content of the Royal Opera House and was also a producer for BBC TV’s documentary series Maestro at the Opera and Pappano’s Classical Voices.