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L'ELISIR D'AMORE by Donizetti ; The Elixir of Love ;  Liparit Avetisyan as Nemorino ;  Pretty Yende as Adina ; Chorus ;  Director and Costume designer - Pelly ; Revival Directed by Dooner ; Set designed by Thomas ; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK ; 25 May 2017 ; Credit: Clive Barda

Performing Arts Images (PAI) provides those in education full access to over 500,000 world-class photographic images covering every genre of performing arts: opera, theatre, ballet, music and dance.


Allowing instant access to an extensive range of contemporary and historical images from the collections of some of the world's leading performing arts photographers and institutions, PAI supplies pictures for a wide range of educational use including:

Images supplied through PAl may be used to:

  • illustrate lectures, dissertations, essays and research projects.

  • Inform Curricula

  • provide an opportunity for students to examine different interpretations of productions from the viewpoint of both directors and designers

  • encourage students to engage in politicised debates, including race, ethnicity, gender, politics, history and culture

  • illustrate the range of content and interpretations across the performing arts

  • Instruct users to access images from a curated and legitimate legal source.


Please note that this service may only be accessed through participating Institutions - it is not open to individual users.







Combining speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle. It covers genres such as plays, musicals, opera, ballet, illusion, mime, kabuki, improvisational theatre, stand-up comedy, pantomime, postdramatic theatre and performance art.

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Performing art form consisting of selected sequences of human movement including modern dance, tap dance, disco, jazz dance, swing dance, hip hop dance, rock and roll dance, Brazilian samba, Argentinian tango, Cuban salsa and many others.

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