It’s not staged at the Royal Opera House, and it doesn’t use the ROH orchestra, singers or directors,  but it’s still a ‘Royal Opera House production’.

I’m talking about Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which the ROH announced today is to be staged in January 2015 at the Roundhouse. It will be directed by the former RSC head (and opera newcomer) Michael Boyd and conducted by Christian Curnyn, who will bring in his specialist period band.

Whether this is a one-off or whether, following L’Ormindo, the ROH has imperialist designs on the pub opera market remains to be seen.