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  • 27 June—13 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo lead the cast with Antonio Pappano in the pit in Benoît Jacquot’s sumptuous production of Massenet’s operatic tragedy of duty and desire.

In Parenthesis

  • Welsh National Opera
  • 29 June—1 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Welsh National Opera presents a new opera from acclaimed British composer Iain Bell, with a libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins that adapts David Jones’s epic poem set during the Battle of the Somme.


  • 30 June 2016
  • Main Stage

Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Platanias take the title role in Daniele Abbado’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic opera.

Il trovatore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 2–17 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Gianandrea Noseda conducts two casts including such singers as Lianna Haroutounian and Christopher Maltman in David Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s searing opera.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance

  • 9 July 2016
  • 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

  • 17 July 2016
  • Main Stage

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

Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum

  • 20–23 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Pet Shop Boys launch their new album with an exclusive four-performance residency at the Royal Opera House, featuring spectacular designs by Es Devlin and choreography by Lynne Page.


  • 24 July 2016
  • Civic Hall

An annual festival of creative performances and activities by the Royal Opera House. Events take place in Thurrock, Essex.

Don Quixote

  • 25–28 July 2016
  • Main Stage

The Bolshoi’s London season opens with this Petipa classic, in a dazzling restaging by Alexei Fadeyechev.

Swan Lake

  • 29 July—10 August 2016
  • Main Stage

The Bolshoi’s spellbinding adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s glorious ballet, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich after Petipa and Ivanov.


Insights: Do It Yourself - Make-Up

  • 6 July 2016

In an interactive workshop, you and a partner will have a chance to create a make up look on each other under the guidance of the ROH Make Up Team.

Insights: Norma

  • 1 September 2016

Join the Norma creative team, from the acclaimed company La Fura dels Baus, as they reveal plans for their contemporary adaptation of this great bel canto opera.

Insights: In Conversation with John Tomlinson

  • 13 September 2016

In celebration of his seventieth birthday, legendary British bass John Tomlinson looks back over a starry career and discusses the highlights, plans for the future, and why he loves working with young singers.

Insights: Così fan tutte

  • 15 September 2016

Members of this new production’s creative team share their plans for staging the last of the Mozart / Da Ponte collaborations with audience members and Director of Opera Kasper Holten.

Insights: Anastasia

  • 21 September 2016

Join The Royal Ballet as they reveal their plans for the revival of MacMillan’s daring and imaginative ballet.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 29 June 2016

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


Backstage Tour

  • 27 June—10 August 2016

Visit the Backstage and the 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

  • 28 June—29 July 2016

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

  • 8–14 July 2016

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


Meet the Young Artists Week: Workshop

  • 6 October 2016

See a small group of the Young Artists workshop a dramatic opera excerpt at St Clement Danes in the Strand, part of Meet the Young Artists Week.


Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

  • 3–4 October 2016

Meet the stars of tomorrow in these free recitals at St Clement Danes in the Strand, part of Meet the Young Artists Week.

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 24 October—28 November 2016

The regular free lunchtime recitals at the Swiss Church in Endell Street feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.