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Adriana Lecouvreur

  • The Royal Opera
  • 27 February—2 March 2017
  • Main Stage

Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Cilea’s tragic opera.

The Sleeping Beauty

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 28 February—14 March 2017
  • Main Stage

Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

  • The Royal Opera
  • 11–31 March 2017
  • Main Stage

Kasper Holten makes his farewell as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera with Wagner’s comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.

The Human Seasons / After the Rain / Flight Pattern

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 16–24 March 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates contemporary ballet with a programme that includes a world premiere from Crystal Pite and works by Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson.

Madama Butterfly

  • The Royal Opera
  • 20 March—25 April 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.


  • The Royal Ballet
  • 1–21 April 2017
  • Main Stage

Now celebrating its 50th year, George Balanchine’s sparkling ballet still shines with all the brilliance of the gemstones that inspired it.

Draft Works

  • 5–7 April 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Discover more about the choreographic process as Royal Ballet dancers explore and experiment with their choreographic ideas.

The Exterminating Angel

  • The Royal Opera
  • 24 April—8 May 2017
  • Main Stage

Thomas Adès conducts a huge ensemble cast of world-class singers in the UK premiere of his latest opera, inspired by Luis Buñuel’s iconic film.


  • The Royal Ballet
  • 28 April—13 May 2017
  • Main Stage

Adult drama meets electrifying choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful ballet – a devastating tale of extreme passion and desperate acts, inspired by true events.

Don Carlo

  • The Royal Opera
  • 12–29 May 2017
  • Main Stage

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.


Insights: Behind the Scenes – Jette Parker Young Artists

  • 1 March 2017

Join past and present Young Artists with members of the team who support and teach them to learn about the world-class training they receive at the Royal Opera House.

Insights: In Conversation with Kasper Holten

  • 3 March 2017

Ahead of his departure as Director of Opera, Kasper Holten discusses the joys and challenges of leading The Royal Opera.

Insights: Jewels

  • 6 March 2017

Find out more about George Balanchine’s sparkling, full-length abstract ballet, now in its 50th year, and see The Royal Ballet in rehearsal.

Insights: Battle of the Arias

  • 7 March 2017

Hear from conductor Paul Wingfield, director Hazel Gould and Italian language coach Matteo Dalle Fratte before the audience votes for the best aria.

Insights: Madama Butterfly

  • 14 March 2017

Singer Ermonela Jaho and conductor Renato Balsadonna explore one of Puccini’s most popular works.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 8 March—25 May 2017

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


Backstage Tour

  • 28 February—16 March 2017

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

  • 3 March—28 July 2017

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

  • 28 February—30 June 2017

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


Inspiration Days

  • 2 June 2017

Visit the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre, learn about the skills used in stage and costume creation, and take part in hands-on workshops.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 13 March—22 May 2017

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