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La bohème

  • 20 June—20 July 2018
  • Main Stage

The first revival of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s passionate opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and with two wonderful casts including Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Siurina as Mimì and Matthew Polenzani and Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo.


  • 20–23 June 2018
  • Printworks London

Mark Padmore, Elaine Mitchener and the London Sinfonietta perform the world premiere of a new opera by composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake, the award-winning team behind Between Worlds.

Swan Lake

  • 21 June 2018
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet performs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. Production and additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.


  • 23 June—1 July 2018
  • Main Stage

Wagner’s great Romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden.

Don Giovanni

  • 29 June—17 July 2018
  • Main Stage

In Mozart’s dazzling tragicomic opera, Marc Minkowski conducts a world-class cast led by Mariusz Kwiecień with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Pavol Breslik and Hrachuhi Bassenz.


  • 7–21 July 2018
  • Main Stage

Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and sheer joie de vivre.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2018

  • 8 July 2018
  • Main Stage

This summer showcase offers a chance to see the depth and breadth of talent emerging from The Royal Ballet School.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018

  • 15 July 2018
  • Main Stage

The Jette Parker Young Artists return to the main stage in their annual summer performance.

L'Ange de Nisida in concert

  • 18–21 July 2018
  • Main Stage

The Royal Opera in association with Opera Rara gives the world premiere of Donizetti’s opera, which was reworked as La Favorite. The concert performance, conducted by Mark Elder, stars Joyce El-Khoury.

Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum

  • 25–28 July 2018
  • Main Stage

Pet Shop Boys reprise their groundbreaking show Inner Sanctum for four final performances at the Royal Opera House this July, two years after their debut performances sold out in record time.


Insights: Dance Swan Lake

  • 20 June 2018

Join staff of The Royal Ballet to learn original choreography in celebration of the Company's new production of Swan Lake.

L'Ange de Nisida — Resurrecting a lost opera

  • 5 July 2018

Conductor Mark Elder talks about the new performing edition of Donizetti’s opera in this guest insight from Opera Rara, who are collaborating with The Royal Opera to present L’Ange de Nisida.

Insights: Mayerling

  • 25 September 2018

Join staff and artists of The Royal Ballet as they explore Kenneth MacMillan’s thriller Mayerling.

Insights: The Unknown Soldier

  • 27 September 2018

Explore the creative journey with choreographer Alastair Marriott, ahead of the opening of his latest commission.

Insights: Discover the Ring — Beginners Guide to the Ring

  • 14 October 2018

Sort your Freias from your Frickas with Sarah Lenton’s introduction to the extraordinary world of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 27 June—4 July 2018

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


Backstage Tour

  • 20 June—31 July 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.

Thurrock Tour

  • 22–29 June 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

  • 25 June—30 July 2018

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


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.