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Christmas and New Year

Come and join us at the Royal Opera House this festive season! Whether it’s for our world-class offering of opera, ballet, music and dance or to explore the extensive gift collection in our Shop, a trip to the Royal Opera House is the perfect treat. Many of our present ideas last into the New Year, with options including gift certificates, membership or tickets to one of our forthcoming productions.

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

10 DEC 2015–2 JAN 2016

This tale of courage, friendship and growing up is a theatrical event for all the family this Christmas.

The Nutcracker

8 DEC 2015–14 JAN 2016

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score.
(limited availability)

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

3 DEC 2015–1 JAN 2016

Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek and Aleksandrs Antonenko in a new production of these two darkly passionate operatic masterpieces, directed by Damiano Michieletto.

Eugene Onegin

19 DEC 2015–7 JAN 2016

Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast led by Dmitri Hvorostovsky and rising star Nicole Car in Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera.

Pointe Shoes Appeal

A gift to the Pointe Shoes Appeal will ensure that the dancers of The Royal Ballet have the shoes they need to perform this festive season.

Gift Membership

Give the perfect present to unwrap on Christmas Day: one that lasts for a whole year!

Shop online

Free delivery on all UK orders placed from 27 Nov to 7 Dec. Don’t forget to order before 3pm on 19 Dec for delivery before Christmas (UK only).

The Importance of Being Earnest

29 MAR-3 APR 2016

Gerald Barry’s operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play is a comic masterpiece.

La traviata

16 JAN–19 MAR 2016

Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production, with three world-class casts led by Venera Gimadieva, Maria Agresta and Nicole Cabell.


9 JAN–5 FEB 2016

Angela Gheorghiu and Amanda Echalaz take the title role in Jonathan Kent’s highly acclaimed production of Puccini’s fiery operatic drama.

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons

16–30 JAN 2016

Ashton’s celebration of virtuoso dance creates an elegant counterpoint to his charming, light-hearted romance.

Name a seat

Naming a seat at the Royal Opera House is a wonderful way to celebrate a loved one’s enjoyment of the work of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.