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  • 21 January—3 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller.

The Return of Ulysses

  • 21 January 2018
  • Roundhouse

The Royal Opera returns to the Roundhouse with Monteverdi’s great late work, in a new production directed by John Fulljames starring Christine Rice and Roderick Williams, sung in English.


  • 21–30 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.


  • 1 February—9 March 2018
  • Main Stage

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.


  • 6 February—16 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role.

The Winter's Tale

  • 13 February—21 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

From the House of the Dead

  • 7–24 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Janáček’s final work receives its Royal Opera premiere in a new production directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White.

New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

  • 15 March—9 April 2018
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.


  • 25 March—10 April 2018
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.


  • 27 March—7 April 2018
  • Barbican Theatre

The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins.


Insights: Tosca

  • 25 January 2018

Discover a world of intrigue, deception and a desperate love in Jonathan Kent’s much-admired production of Puccini’s operatic thriller.

Insights: Carmen

  • 26 January 2018

Explore Barrie Kosky’s fresh take on one of the most famous operas of all time.

Insights: The Winter's Tale

  • 30 January 2018

Join Christopher Wheeldon and dancers of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal.

Insights: In Conversation with Gerald Finley

  • 5 February 2018

The award-winning Canadian bass-baritone reflects on his career to date.

Insights: From the House of the Dead

  • 13 February 2018

Discover the compassion and honesty at the heart of Janácek’s powerful final opera in this special event.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 3 February—14 March 2018

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


Backstage Tour

  • 22 January—28 February 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

  • 26 January—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

  • 27 January—27 March 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

  • 21 January—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.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 22 January—19 February 2018

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