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Das Rheingold

  • 16–26 October 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts the first opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, with a cast including John Lundgren and Johannes Martin Kränzle.


  • 17–30 October 2018
  • Main Stage

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan's ballet inspired by true events.

Die Walküre

  • 18–28 October 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts a great cast including Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, John Lundgren and Nina Stemme in the second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.


  • 21–31 October 2018
  • Main Stage

The third opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen revels in its depiction of heroism even as it sets up the cycle’s dramatic conclusion.

Verdi's Requiem

  • 23 October 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano leads the full forces of The Royal Opera and a cast of superb soloists in a special performance of Verdi's religious masterpiece.


  • 24 October—2 November 2018
  • Main Stage

The Twilight of the Gods, the fourth and final opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, brings this magnificent tale of gods and mortals to a fiery close.

La Bayadère

  • 1–17 November 2018
  • Main Stage

Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

Simon Boccanegra

  • 15 November—10 December 2018
  • Main Stage

Verdi's tragedy about the ill-fated Doge of Genoa Simon Boccanegra returns in Elijah Moshinsky's handsome Renaissance production.

The Unknown Soldier / Infra / Symphony in C

  • 20–29 November 2018
  • Main Stage

Two contrasting ballets from Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine return with a world premiere by Alastair Marriott.


  • 27 November—22 December 2018
  • Main Stage

Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José.


Insights: La Bayadère

  • 24 October 2018

Join The Royal Ballet as they prepare for performances of this 19th-century classic ballet.

Student Insights: Sex, Drugs and Ballet – Introducing Mayerling

  • 26 October 2018

Join us as we discuss how Mayerling was received at its premiere and explore the role that critics played in MacMillan's life and work.

Insights: Behind the Scenes – Benesh Notation

  • 31 October 2018

How is ballet notated on the page? Join The Royal Ballet’s Benesh choreologists to find out.

Insights: Opening Up the Royal Opera House

  • 8 November 2018

Hear from the architect and project team about the recent changes to Open Up the Royal Opera House.

Student Insights: Infra

  • 15 November 2018

In preparation for this Season's revival of Infra, find out from some of Wayne McGregor’s closest collaborators what it's like to work alongside one of the UK's leading choreographers.

See all upcoming Insights.


Friends Rehearsals

  • 30 October—8 December 2018

Friends of Covent Garden have the opportunity to purchase tickets to open rehearsals.


Backstage Tour

  • 16 October—30 November 2018

Visit the Backstage and Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

Covent Garden Legends and Landmarks Tour

  • 16 October—23 November 2018

Step back into history and discover more about the Royal Opera House and the legends of London’s Theatre Land.

Thurrock Tour

  • 26 October 2018—22 March 2019

Discover the fascinating world of the craftspeople who create stunning costumes, scenery and sets for the Royal Opera House on a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour

  • 16 October—24 November 2018

Whenever visitors see the historic auditorium of the Royal Opera House for the first time, it always amazes them.


Month of Sundays Festival

  • 4–25 November 2018

Join us this November for a festival of making, doing and experiencing. Everyone is welcome.

Tea Dance

  • 5 November—3 December 2018

Come dancing and cha-cha-cha along to the Royal Opera House Dance Band, in beautiful surroundings that combine grandeur and elegance.

ROH Late

  • 25 November 2018

Live music, dancers and actors lead you deep into the dark and delightful world of opera and ballet, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Family Sundays

  • 16 December 2018

Discover more about opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House in fun-packed Sundays, ideal for all the family, with a range of exciting and creative activities.



  • 20 October—24 November 2018

Get making and try your hand at some of the techniques used to bring ballet and opera productions to life.

Dance with The Royal Ballet

  • 26 October—6 December 2018

Learn and dance steps inspired by ballets performed at the Royal Opera House.

Books at Brunch

  • 27 October 2018

Explore the worlds of opera and ballet through books, with talks from authors, broadcasters, publishers and artists.

Ballet Dots

  • 29 October—26 November 2018

Discover the world of ballet through creative, fun and sensory dance workshops for children and adults.

Sing at the Royal Opera House

  • 2 November—14 December 2018

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in and sing in an opera chorus.

See all upcoming Workshops.


Meet the Young Artists 2018

  • 22–27 October 2018

After two seasons at St Clement Danes in the Strand during Open Up, Meet the Young Artists Week returns to the Royal Opera House with performances in the Crush Room and one recital at St Clement Danes.

Recitals at Lunch

  • 29 October—17 December 2018

Experience an exciting programme of music in the opulent setting of the historic Royal Opera House Crush Room.

Live at Lunch

  • 2 November—14 December 2018

Drop by for free lunchtime performances, featuring Royal Opera House artists and guest artists.