Live at Royal Opera House

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Live at Royal Opera House
Video by Björk
Released 18 November 2002
Genre Baroque pop, glitch pop, ambient pop
Length 42:00
Label One Little Indian
Director David Barnard
Björk chronology
MTV Unplugged / Live
(2002)MTV Unplugged / Live2002
Live at Royal Opera House
Volumen Plus
(2002)Volumen Plus2002

Live at Royal Opera House and also known as Vespertine Live at Royal Opera House is an official DVD released by Björk on 18 November 2002. It contains a live performance by Björk on the Vespertine World Tour, recorded live at the Royal Opera House in London, on 7 December 2001. It was amongst one of the last of the concerts performed on that tour. With this concert Björk had become the first ever contemporary pop artist to perform in the Royal Opera House. The concert was exclusively premiered on UK television in the launch week of the BBC digital channel BBC Four on 12 March 2002.

For the first half of the concert the majority of the songs were taken from her then most recent album Vespertine, while the second half sees songs played from her previous solo albums. The first two songs from the concert film also appear on the 2003/04 release, Vespertine Live. The closing song "It's in Our Hands" (which was then previously unheard) was later released as the lead-off single from her Greatest Hits album. The track "Generous Palmstroke" is a B-side, and appears in a different form on the "Hidden Place" single. Although listed as "Frosti", the first song of the concert is actually a music box version of "Pagan Poetry", as it appears on the "Cocoon" single. The DVD (and television broadcast) omits performances of two songs that were performed on the night - "Play Dead" and "Bachelorette".

A mini-documentary "Touring Vespertine" is also included as a bonus feature, a working version of what was to become the Minuscule DVD. However, the Minuscule documentary does not include some material which is included on "Touring Vespertine", such as the short interviews with composer Simon Lee (who was part of the Vespertine tour).

Track listing[edit]

Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Frosti" Björk  
2. "Overture" Björk  
3. "All is Full of Love" Björk  
4. "Aurora" Björk  
5. "Undo"
6. "Generous Palmstroke"
7. "An Echo, a Stain" Björk  
8. "Hidden Place"  
9. "Cocoon"
  • Björk
  • Knak
10. "Unison" Björk  
11. "Harm of Will"
12. "It's Not Up to You" Björk  
13. "Pagan Poetry" Björk  
14. "Possibly Maybe"  
15. "Isobel"
  • Björk
  • Hooper
  • de Vries
  • Sjón
16. "Hyperballad" Björk  
17. "Human Behaviour"
  • Björk
  • Hooper
18. "Jóga" Björk  
19. "It's In Our Hands" Björk  
Bonus features
No. Title Director(s) Length
20. "Touring Vespertine" Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir  


  • "Unison" contains choral music from the anthem "Viri Galilaei" written by Patrick Gowers and performed by the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

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