Dance: EVENT OF THE WEEK; Royal Opera House Wed BBC2

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After all the wrangling, scandals and executive head-rolling, the Royal Opera House's transformation is finally complete, and it is opening its doors. To celebrate, the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera join together to present a gala programme, featuring guest dancers Sylvie Guillem (above), Irek Mukhamedov and Angel Corella, and guest singers Placido Domingo and Deborah Polaski. Want to go? Forget it, the audience is an invited one for the Wednesday performance. The programme does get repeated in a public performance the following Saturday, but there again forget that too - it's been sold out for weeks. However, you can watch the first performance on television, in a simultaneous broadcast on BBC2.

BBC2, Wed, 8pm