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La bohème

  • 25 September—10 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecień in Richard Jones’s new production of Puccini’s passionate opera.

Die Zauberflöte

  • 26 September—14 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera’s gorgeous production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with two wonderful casts including Roderick Williams as Papageno and Janai Brugger as Pamina.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • 27 September—28 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

Les Vêpres siciliennes

  • 12 October—4 November 2017
  • Main Stage

Verdi’s spectacular grand opera is conducted by Maurizio Benini with a cast including Malin Byström and Rachele Stanisci, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott.

The Dreamers Ever Leave You

  • 12–13 October 2017
  • Printworks London

Enter an immersive dance experience in the unique Docklands venue of the Printworks, featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.


  • 18–24 October 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work.

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations

  • 18–19 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Dancers from the UK’s five leading ballet companies perform two of MacMillan’s sunniest works alongside a new production of his dark, classical fairytale, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth

  • 24 October—1 November 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet present two of Kenneth MacMillan’s most complex and important works, in the second programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

Sea of Troubles

  • 26 October—1 November 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations

  • 26–27 October 2017
  • Main Stage

Leading UK dance companies perform three ballets that show the range and versatility of MacMillan’s muse, in the third and final programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.


Insights: Big Sing – Season Highlights

  • 27 September 2017

Sing in the new Season with a selection of musical highlights.

Insights: Behind the Scenes – Royal Opera House Collections

  • 28 September 2017

Spend an evening with the ROH Collections team as they show highlights from the Collections and reveal what it takes to manage, preserve and expand this vast resource.

Insights: Power, Passion and Politics – Creating the V&A’s Opera Exhibition

  • 4 October 2017

V&A curator Kate Bailey and The Royal Opera’s Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames look back on the five-year collaboration between their organizations to create this landmark exhibition.

Insights: The Genius of MacMillan

  • 10 October 2017

Celebrate the genius of Kenneth MacMillan in this special event focussing on the evolution of MacMillan’s distinct choreographic style.

Insights: The Legacy of MacMillan

  • 13 October 2017

See dancers from Britain’s finest ballet companies in rehearsal and hear from Kenenth MacMillan’s collaborators about how his trailblazing work continues to influence ballet worldwide.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 26 September—4 December 2017

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


Backstage Tour

  • 25 September—30 November 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

  • 27 September 2017—30 March 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

  • 25 September 2017—28 February 2018

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


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

  • 30 September 2017—25 February 2018

The V&A, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, are creating a landmark exhibition presenting key moments in the story of opera from its origins in late Renaissance Italy to the present day.


Meet the Young Artists Week: Workshop

  • 5 October 2017

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


Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

  • 2–4 October 2017

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

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

  • 8 October 2017

Choose the evening’s programme from the options given at the lunchtime session in this popular event at St Clement Danes in the Strand, part of Meet the Young Artists Week.

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 16 October—20 November 2017

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

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano recital

  • 4 June 2018

The world-famous mezzo-soprano performs in recital on the Royal Opera House main stage, accompanied on the piano by Antonio Pappano.