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Productions

Semiramide

  • 22 November—16 December 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini’s epic tragedy with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee in a new production by David Alden.

Noumena

  • 23 November—1 December 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

The rising star choreographer, Alexander Whitley, responds to Ashton’s ballet Sylvia in a new work.

Sylvia

  • 23 November—16 December 2017
  • Main Stage

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.

Lucia di Lammermoor

  • 24–27 November 2017
  • Main Stage

Donizetti’s opera of a woman forced to breaking point is conducted by Michele Mariotti with a cast including Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo and Christopher Maltman, in Katie Mitchell’s powerful production.

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

  • 29 November 2017—13 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Catch this classic double bill of Italian opera in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production, with Daniel Oren conducting two excellent casts.

The Nutcracker

  • 5 December 2017—10 January 2018
  • Main Stage

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Rigoletto

  • 14 December 2017—16 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Alexander Joel conducts two excellent casts led by Dimitri Platanias in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera.

Salome

  • 8–30 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

The Return of Ulysses

  • 10–21 January 2018
  • Roundhouse

The Royal Opera returns to the Roundhouse with Monteverdi’s great late work, in a new production directed by John Fulljames starring Christine Rice and Roderick Williams, sung in English.

Draft Works 2018

  • 11–12 January 2018
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Discover more about the choreographic process as Royal Ballet dancers explore and experiment with their choreographic ideas.

Insights

Insights: What's the Future of Opera?

  • 22 November 2017

Dr Flora Willson explores the mechanics of opera and its relevance today in this special event that follows on from the free online course Inside Opera.

Insights: Behind the Scenes – Benesh Notation

  • 24 November 2017

We regret to announce that this Insight has been cancelled.

Insights: The Return of Ulysses

  • 6 December 2017

Join director John Fulljames and members of the cast and creative team as they explore this new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece in the Sackler Space at the Roundhouse.

Insights: Joyce DiDonato – National Opera Studio Masterclass

  • 14 December 2017

See the acclaimed mezzo-soprano coach the next generation of opera talent.

Insights: Big Sing – Christmas Carols Singalong

  • 17 December 2017

Warm up your vocal cords and practise your favourite Christmas carols with this fun and festive singing session.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 21 November—4 December 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 22–30 November 2017

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.

Thurrock Tour

  • 24 November 2017—27 April 2018

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

  • 11 December 2017—27 March 2018

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

Exhibitions

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

  • 21 November 2017—25 February 2018

The V&A, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, are creating a landmark exhibition presenting key moments in the story of opera from its origins in late Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Recitals

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 4 December 2017—19 February 2018

The regular free lunchtime recitals, at St Clement Danes in the Strand, feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.