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Productions

Il trovatore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 10 December 2016—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.

Manon Lescaut

  • The Royal Opera
  • 12 December 2016
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s thought-provoking production of Puccini’s first operatic triumph.

The Nutcracker

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 15 December 2016—12 January 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

Der Rosenkavalier

  • The Royal Opera
  • 17 December 2016—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.

The Sleeping Beauty

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 21 December 2016—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.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

  • 30 December 2016—22 January 2017
  • Roundhouse

ZooNation’s fabulous show – a gleefully off-the-wall take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – is reimagined for the unique space of the Roundhouse.

Written on Skin

  • The Royal Opera
  • 13–30 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.

La traviata

  • 16 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.

Woolf Works

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 21 January—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.

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.

Insights

Insights: Big Sing - Christmas Carols

  • 14–15 December 2016

Warm up your vocal cords and practise your favourite Christmas carols with this fun and festive singing session.

Insights: Philip Glass at 80 - Les Enfants Terribles

  • 11 January 2017

Join Javier De Frutos, cast and creatives as they reveal their vision for a new production of Les Enfants Terribles in celebration of Philip Glass.

Insights: Woolf Works

  • 13 January 2017

Join choreographer Wayne McGregor as he rehearses his critically acclaimed ballet triptych inspired by Virginia Woolf’s works.

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.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 14 December 2016—14 March 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 12 December 2016—31 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

  • 16 December 2016—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

  • 5 January—17 March 2017

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

Functions

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.

Recitals

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 12 December 2016—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.