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Orchestral Concert

  • 23 April 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts a concert programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, joined by baritone Christian Gerhaher.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

  • 24–27 April 2018
  • Main Stage

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.

4.48 Psychosis

  • 24 April—4 May 2018
  • Lyric Hammersmith

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

Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations

  • 25 April—11 May 2018
  • Main Stage

Characteristic works from three of The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographers – Wayne McGregor, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan – display the diversity of The Royal Ballet and its virtuoso dancers.

Piggy in the Middle / Sink or Swim (film)

  • 26–28 April 2018
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Charlotte Edmonds presents her newest work Piggy in the Middle alongside a screening of her short film Sink or Swim.


  • 26 April—16 May 2018
  • Main Stage

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.

Lessons in Love and Violence

  • 10–26 May 2018
  • Main Stage

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.


  • 16–19 May 2018
  • Barbican Theatre

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
  • Main Stage

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
  • Main Stage

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


Insights: The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal

  • 25 April 2018

Join Chorus Director William Spaulding and the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Wagner's Lohengrin.

Insights: Behind the Scenes – Scenic Art

  • 1 May 2018

Join members of the Scenic Art team as they reveal what it takes to create the sets, scenery and backdrops that transport us to wondrous new worlds.

Insights: In Conversation with Oliver Mears

  • 3 May 2018

Hear from the Director of Opera about the joys and challenges of leading one of the world’s great opera companies.

Insights: The Art and Science of Singing

  • 9 May 2018

Join scientists and singers to discover how opera singers do what they do.

Insights: Swan Lake

  • 10 May 2018

Join Liam Scarlett, John Macfarlane and dancers of The Royal Ballet for a preview of the Company's new production of Swan Lake.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 17 May—4 July 2018

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


Backstage Tour

  • 23 April—31 May 2018

Visit the Backstage and 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

  • 27 April—29 June 2018

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

  • 1 May—30 July 2018

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


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 30 April—24 May 2018

The regular free lunchtime recitals, at St Clement Danes in the Strand, feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.