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Productions

Madama Butterfly

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

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

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

  • The Royal Opera
  • 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.

Jewels

  • 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.

Youth Opera Company: The Nose

  • 22 April 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

The Youth Opera Company performs a new short opera inspired by Shostakovich’s The Nose, devised by the Youth Opera Company with composer Pete Latanka and librettist Denton Chikura.

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.

Mayerling

  • 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.

Sukanya at Curve, Leicester

  • 12 May 2017
  • Curve

The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Sukanya at The Lowry, Salford

  • 14 May 2017
  • The Lowry

The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Insights

Insights: Heartbreakers – love, lust and deception

  • 6 April 2017

Explore some of poetry and opera’s greatest loves through live poetry readings and performances at this special event produced in partnership with Poet in the City.

Student Insights: Up Late with The Exterminating Angel

  • 7 April 2017

In a student-only event, join us at Hoxton Hall for a night great film and live music celebrating Thomas Adès's new opera.

Insights: Behind the Scenes – To the pointe

  • 10 April 2017

Join makers and dancers for a fascinating insight into a dancer’s most important tool: their shoes.

Insights: The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal

  • 13 April 2017

Watch the dancers and coaches of The Royal Ballet in the rehearsal studio as they prepare for the Covent Garden stage.

Insights: Big Sing – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

  • 20 April 2017

Join members of the Royal Opera Chorus to sing music from Wagner’s glorious comedy, and gain an insight into life in the chorus.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 30 March—25 May 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 29 March—31 May 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

  • 31 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

  • 10 April—30 June 2017

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

Exhibitions

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.

Functions

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.

Recitals

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 10 April—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.