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Experience this magnificent art form first-hand

Opera is an art form like no other: music drama that can range from intimate chamber work to magnificent multimedia spectacles, and everything in between. Four hundred years of opera innovation has produced an incredibly wide and rich repertory – and the opera scene today offers live performances of masterpieces from throughout this diverse tradition.

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#OperaPassion Day

The Royal Opera House, in partnership with seven of the UK's leading opera companies, BBC Arts Digital and the V&A museum, is celebrating the passion and power of opera.

Watch: The Opera Machine – staging Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera House

The innovative Opera Machine presents an extraordinary multi-angled view of the intricate theatrical process behind the scenes during a performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre.

BBC Arts #OperaPassion Day 2017 LIVE

Watch live on 19 October: the Royal Opera House with seven of the UK's leading opera companies and the V&A museum, on BBC Arts Digital for #OperaPassion Day 2017.

How George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin creates music drama for the 21st century

Composer/conductor Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp make dramatic alchemy, as devices that distance the audience paradoxically build to potent music drama.

Watch: Experiencing opera for the first time

We followed brothers Ethan and Kian as they attended their first opera at one of our Welcome Performances, with preconception-shattering results.

Which opera would you recommend to a first-timer?

Share your recommendations of the show you think is perfect for a newcomer.


Start your opera journey with 10% off selected performances when you use your promo code from the V&A exhibition.

Listen: the final scene of Richard Strauss’s Salome

A severed head and a deranged princess – we take a look at what's going on musically.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro

Backstage films from the live relay of Le nozze di Figaro, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

News and features

  1. 22 June 2018

    Catch Puccini's La bohème on BP Big Screens in the UK on 26 June 2018

    Richard Jones' Royal Opera production of Puccini's romantic classic will be available to watch for free around the country.

  2. 21 June 2018

    Your Reaction: What did you think of Cave?

    Audience responses and press reviews following the world premiere of Tansy Davies's new opera with London Sinfonietta at Printworks.

  3. 18 June 2018

    Your Reaction: What did you think of Puccini's La bohème 2017/18?

    Audience responses and press reviews of Richard Jones's Royal Opera production.