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  • 27 May 2016
  • Main Stage

The world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.

4.48 Psychosis

  • 27–28 May 2016
  • Lyric Hammersmith

The world premiere of composer Philip Venables’s opera, based on Sarah Kane’s extraordinary play about her experience of depression.

Obsidian Tear / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour

  • 28 May—11 June 2016
  • Main Stage

Three ballets from three very different choreographers, all closely associated with The Royal Ballet: a world premiere from McGregor, dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon.


  • 30 May—8 June 2016
  • Main Stage

An excellent cast including Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform The Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu’s operatic masterpiece, directed by acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus.

The Winter's Tale

  • 1–10 June 2016
  • Main Stage

Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation with music by Joby Talbot is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.

Chance to Dance

  • 4 June 2016
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Chance to Dance share with family and friends their work in their annual performance, this year based around Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale.


  • 6–30 June 2016
  • Main Stage

Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Platanias take the title role in Daniele Abbado’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic opera.


  • 19 June—13 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo lead the cast with Antonio Pappano in the pit in Benoît Jacquot’s sumptuous production of Massenet’s operatic tragedy of duty and desire.

In Parenthesis

  • Welsh National Opera
  • 29 June—1 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Welsh National Opera presents a new opera from acclaimed British composer Iain Bell, with a libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins that adapts David Jones’s epic poem set during the Battle of the Somme.

Il trovatore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 2–17 July 2016
  • Main Stage

Gianandrea Noseda conducts two casts including such singers as Lianna Haroutounian and Christopher Maltman in David Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s searing opera.


Insights: Behind the Scenes - Royal Opera House Chorus

  • 31 May 2016

The Royal Opera House Chorus perform in an average of 20 productions each season, in different languages and in repertory ranging from Baroque to newly commissioned works.

Insights: Do It Yourself - Dance with The Royal Ballet

  • 6 June 2016

Ever wanted to say you've danced at Covent Garden? Now's your chance! For the first time join current and former artists of The Royal Ballet to learn original choreography from iconic ballets.

Insights: Antonio Pappano introduces the music of Werther

  • 7 June 2016

Full of melodious music, virtuoso singing and intense romantic drama, Werther is Massenet’s most enduringly popular opera. Join Music Director Antonio Pappano as he explores this hauntingly beautiful score.

Insights: In Conversation with Francesca Hayward and James Hay

  • 8 June 2016

Recently appointed First Soloists of The Royal Ballet, Francesca Hayward and James Hay discuss their spectacular rise from The Royal Ballet School to performing on the Covent Garden stage.

Insights: Il trovatore

  • 15 June 2016

Director David Bösch and Conductor Gianandrea Noseda explore Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s great Romantic opera just weeks before opening night.

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Friends Rehearsals

  • 28 May—29 June 2016

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


Backstage Tour

  • 27 May 2016

Visit the Backstage and the 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 May—29 July 2016

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 May—25 June 2016

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


Inspiration Days

  • 3 June 2016

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.


Meet the Young Artists Week: Workshop

  • 6 October 2016

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


Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

  • 3–4 October 2016

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

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 24 October—28 November 2016

The regular free lunchtime recitals at the Swiss Church in Endell Street feature the rising stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.