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Written on Skin

  • The Royal Opera
  • 23–30 January 2017
  • Main Stage

George Benjamin conducts a superb cast in The Royal Opera’s first revival of his and Martin Crimp’s highly acclaimed opera – an unmissable event in contemporary music.

Der Rosenkavalier

  • The Royal Opera
  • 24 January 2017
  • Main Stage

Andris Nelsons conducts two starry casts including Renée Fleming, Alice Coote and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in Robert Carsen’s new production of Richard Strauss’s charming operatic comedy.

La traviata

  • 25 January—1 February 2017
  • Main Stage

Joyce El-Khoury, Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead three excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.

Il trovatore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 26 January—9 February 2017
  • Main Stage

The first revival of David Bösch’s new production for The Royal Opera, with two casts including Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian and Anita Rachvelishvili.

Les Enfants Terribles

  • The Royal Ballet
  • Jette Parker Young Artists
  • The Royal Opera
  • 27–29 January 2017
  • Barbican Theatre

Javier De Frutos directs a new production of Philip Glass’s dance opera inspired by Cocteau’s surrealist tragedy, featuring Royal Ballet dancers and leading lights of the contemporary and classical dance scene.

Woolf Works

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 2–14 February 2017
  • Main Stage

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi.

Upon Awakening

  • 2 February 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Change the way you think about addiction and recovery with this innovative piece of dance theatre, inspired by real-life stories.

Adriana Lecouvreur

  • The Royal Opera
  • 7 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
  • 15 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.


Insights: In Conversation with Koen Kessels

  • 7 February 2017

The Music Director of The Royal Ballet discusses his career to date, working with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House and his hopes for the future.

Insights: New Crystal Pite

  • 9 February 2017

Watch the acclaimed Canadian choreographer rehearse her Royal Ballet debut ahead of its world premiere.

Insights: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

  • 15 February 2017

Conductor Antonio Pappano and director Kasper Holten reveal their vision of The Royal Opera’s first new production of Wagner’s comic opera in more than twenty years.

Insights: Jewels

  • 21 February 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: Gravity and Grace, the physics of ballet

  • 24 February 2017

In partnership with the Institute of Physics, leading scientists and members of The Royal Ballet explore the dynamic relationship between physics and ballet.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 3 February—14 March 2017

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


Backstage Tour

  • 23 January—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

  • 27 January—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

  • 23 January—23 May 2017

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


Inspiration Days

  • 17 February—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

  • 23 January—27 February 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.