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Upcoming Productions

  • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

    • 27 April 2018

    Richard Jones’s critically acclaimed production returns after more than a decade, with Antonio Pappano conducting a cast led by Eva-Maria Westbroek in Shostakovich’s masterpiece.

  • Piggy in the Middle

    • 28 April 2018

    The Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Charlotte Edmonds presents her newest work Piggy in the Middle, exploring the intensity of adolescence and young love.

  • Sink or Swim

    • 28 April 2018

    The Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Charlotte Edmonds presents a screening of her short film Sink or Swim, directed by Louis-Jack and developed with the support of the mental health charity Mind.

  • Manon

    • 28 April—16 May 2018

    Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

  • 4.48 Psychosis

    • 28 April—4 May 2018

    Philip Venables’s award-winning opera inspired by Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play is revived for the first time.

  • Marguerite and Armand

    • 30 April—11 May 2018

    Frederick Ashton created this passionate ballet for the celebrated partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, to Liszt’s tempestuous Piano Sonata.

  • Elite Syncopations

    • 30 April—11 May 2018

    Music by Scott Joplin and others inspires Kenneth MacMillan to virtuoso heights of sexy psychedelia in his frothy ragtime ballet.

  • Obsidian Tear

    • 30 April—11 May 2018

    For the first time The Royal Ballet revives Wayne McGregor’s highly acclaimed 2016 work to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • Lessons in Love and Violence

    • 10–26 May 2018

    George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his new collaboration with Martin Crimp – a hotly anticipated work from the creators of Written on Skin, with an excellent, hand-picked cast.

  • Elizabeth

    • 16–19 May 2018

    Guest Artist and former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky illuminates the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth I in Will Tuckett and Alasdair Middleton’s elegant tapestry of dance, music and theatre.

  • Swan Lake

    • 17 May—21 June 2018

    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.

  • Spring Gala

    • 30 May 2018

    Join us for a celebratory Gala performance by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

  • Chance to Dance

    • 2 June 2018

    Children from the level 4 class in the Royal Opera House's Chance to Dance programme perform work created alongside choreographer Sarah Dowling and First Artist with The Royal Ballet Nathalie Harrison.

  • Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano recital

    • 4 June 2018

    The world-famous mezzo-soprano performs in recital on the Royal Opera House main stage, accompanied on the piano by Antonio Pappano.

  • Lohengrin

    • 7 June—1 July 2018

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

  • Mamzer Bastard

    • 14–17 June 2018

    The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of a new work by exciting young composer Na’ama Zisser, in a soundworld that thrillingly unites contemporary idioms with the music of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism.

  • La bohème

    • 16 June—20 July 2018

    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.

  • Chance to Dance

    • 17 June 2018

    Children from levels 1, 2 and 3 classes in the Royal Opera House's flagship learning programme Chance to Dance perform their own dances inspired by the new Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake.

  • Cave

    • 20–23 June 2018

    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.

  • Don Giovanni

    • 29 June—17 July 2018

    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.

  • Falstaff

    • 7–21 July 2018

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Das Rheingold

    • 24 September—26 October 2018

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

  • Die Walküre

    • 26 September—28 October 2018

    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.

  • Siegfried

    • 29 September—31 October 2018

    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.

  • Götterdämmerung

    • 1 October—2 November 2018

    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.

  • Mayerling

    • 8–30 October 2018

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

  • Verdi's Requiem

    • 23 October 2018

    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.

  • La Bayadère

    • 1–17 November 2018

    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

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

  • Infra

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Wayne McGregor's abstract ballet is a moving exploration of emotion, set to Max Richter's melancholic and beautiful score.

  • Symphony in C

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Balanchine's dazzling neoclassical ballet, set to Bizet's Symphony no.1 is a joyful showcase for the whole Company.

  • The Unknown Soldier

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Alastair Marriott creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War I.

  • Carmen

    • 27 November—22 December 2018

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

  • The Nutcracker

    • 3 December 2018—15 January 2019

    A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    • 11–29 December 2018

    A stunning new production of Humperdinck's exquisite opera is the perfect treat for Christmas.

  • The Concert

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    An audience at a concert are taken on flights of fancy in Jerome Robbins's comedic ballet.

  • Les Patineurs

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    Frederick Ashton's delightful and seasonal ballet brings the joy and beauty of ice-skating to the stage.

  • Winter Dreams

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    Kenneth MacMillan's evocative ballet explores the inner lives of three sisters in the Russian countryside.

  • The Queen of Spades

    • 13 January—1 February 2019

    Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera receives star treatment in Stefan Herheim's staging, with a cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Felicity Palmer and Aleksandrs Antonenko.

  • La traviata

    • 14–31 January 2019

    Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

  • Asphodel Meadows

    • 18 January—13 February 2019

    Liam Scarlett's elegiac and classically inspired ballet pairs pure dance beautifully with music by Poulenc

  • The Two Pigeons

    • 18 January—13 February 2019

    Young love triumphs over misunderstandings and mistakes in Frederick Ashton's nostalgic and humorous ballet.

  • Katya Kabanova

    • 4–26 February 2019

    Rising stars Amanda Majeski and Pavel Cernoch make Royal Opera debuts in Richard Jones's production of the second work in The Royal Opera's Janácek cycle.

  • The Royal Ballet School

    • 12–16 February 2019

    The dancers of the future bring their talent to the Royal Opera House main stage for three special performances.

  • Don Quixote

    • 15 February—4 April 2019

    Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.

  • Così fan tutte

    • 25 February—16 March 2019

    Thomas Allen and five young operatic talents star in Mozart's theatrical and tuneful comedy about love and fidelity.

  • Frankenstein

    • 5–23 March 2019

    Love, grief and the desire for power over death fuel a tragic spiral of events in this revival of Liam Scarlett's first full-length ballet.

  • La forza del destino

    • 21 March—22 April 2019

    Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Christopher Maltman, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    • 26 March—11 June 2019

    Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

  • Faust

    • 11 April—6 May 2019

    Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott.

  • Billy Budd

    • 23 April—10 May 2019

    Deborah Warner stages the first production of Britten's all-male opera at Covent Garden for nearly two decades, with Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt in the lead roles.

  • Within the Golden Hour

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Christopher Wheeldon's ballet to a specially written score by Ezio Bosso has been acclaimed as one of his finest works.

  • Flight Pattern

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Crystal Pite's ballet is a moving exploration of the refugee crisis, from the plight of millions of displaced people to individual human relationships

  • New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Acclaimed contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates his first work for The Royal Ballet

  • Andrea Chénier

    • 20 May—9 June 2019

    David McVicar's stunning production of Giordano's greatest opera returns with Roberto Alagna as the revolutionary poet Andrea Chénier.

  • Tosca

    • 27 May—20 June 2019

    Puccini's thrilling opera returns with star singers Kristine Opolais, Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigòlo, Bryn Terfel and Marco Vratogna in the lead roles.

  • A Month in the Country

    • 4–14 June 2019

    Frederick Ashton's poignant ballet captures the essence of Turgenev's play about family and unrequited love.

  • The Firebird

    • 4–14 June 2019

    Good confronts evil in Mikhail Fokine's classic ballet about a magical Firebird, a powerful magician and a noble Prince.

  • Boris Godunov

    • 19 June—3 July 2019

    Bryn Terfel leads a predominantly British cast as the tormented Tsar Boris in Richard Jones's production of Musorgsky's magnificent opera.

  • The Marriage of Figaro

    • 29 June—21 July 2019

    Mozart's great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness returns with Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as the clever Figaro and his aristocratic master.

  • La Fille du régiment

    • 8–20 July 2019

    An exciting young cast take on Donizetti's sparkling French comic opera in Laurent Pelly's hilarious production.

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2019

    • 14 July 2019

    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 2019

    • 21 July 2019

    Participants in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme during the 2018/19 Season take centre stage in a programme of opera extracts.