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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

News and features

  1. 13 October 2017

    Watch Verdi's Otello on BBC Four on 15 October 2017

    Jonas Kaufmann's role debut will be available to watch on BBC Four, and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

  2. 13 October 2017

    #OperaPassion Day: Join us LIVE behind the scenes on 19 October 2017

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

  3. 13 October 2017

    Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes 2017?

    Audience responses and press reviews of The Royal Opera's performance of Verdi's spectacular work.