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Productions

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude / Tarantella / Strapless / Symphonic Dances

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 25–31 May 2017
  • Main Stage

Virtuoso dance from The Royal Ballet in a programme that includes Forsythe and Balanchine classics, Wheeldon’s 2016 narrative ballet and a Scarlett world premiere.

Don Carlo

  • The Royal Opera
  • 26–29 May 2017
  • Main Stage

Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Kristin Lewis in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.

L'elisir d'amore

  • The Royal Opera
  • 27 May—22 June 2017
  • Main Stage

Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 2–10 June 2017
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

Chance to Dance

  • 3 June 2017
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

The annual performance from the Royal Opera House’s company that offers children the opportunity to experience dance creatively, this year inspired by Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.

La traviata

  • 14 June—4 July 2017
  • Main Stage

Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead two excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.

Otello

  • The Royal Opera
  • 21 June—15 July 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role.

Mitridate, re di Ponto

  • The Royal Opera
  • 26 June—7 July 2017
  • Main Stage

Christophe Rousset conducts an excellent cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s early opera.

Turandot

  • The Royal Opera
  • 5–16 July 2017
  • Main Stage

Christine Goerke and Lise Lindstrom take the title role in Andrei Serban’s striking staging of Puccini’s final opera.

Hatch

  • 7 July—27 August 2017
  • Polka Theatre

This new work from the award-winning Polka Theatre is a wonderful sensory experience for children aged 2–5, with music by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale.

Insights

Insights: Behind the Scenes – Costume

Join members of the costume team as they reveal what it takes to transform The Royal Opera’s stars season after season.

Insights: Big Sing – Make a Scene – La traviata

  • 31 May 2017

Join artists and staff of the Royal Opera House to sing and stage an extract from Verdi’s La traviata.

Insights: Otello

  • 8 June 2017

Join Antonio Pappano, Keith Warner and members of the cast as they add the final touches to The Royal Opera’s new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare opera.

Insights: In Conversation with Zenaida Yanowsky

  • 22 June 2017

As her 22 years with The Royal Ballet come to an end, Principal Zenaida Yanowsky reflects on the triumphs and challenges of her glittering career.

Student Insights: Otello

  • 30 June 2017

A exclusive chance for members of ROH Students to hear from cast and creatives behind the new production of Otello.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 2 June—3 July 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 26–31 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

  • 26 May—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

  • 13–30 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.

Workshops

Meet the Young Artists Week: Workshop

  • 5 October 2017

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

Recitals

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 5–19 June 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.

Nordic Recital

  • 9 June 2017

Inspired by Southbank Centre’s year-long celebration of Nordic art and culture, members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme present a recital of Nordic music at St Clement Danes.

Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

  • 2–4 October 2017

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

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

  • 8 October 2017

Choose the evening’s programme from the options given at the lunchtime session in this popular event at St Clement Danes in the Strand, part of Meet the Young Artists Week.

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano recital

  • 4 June 2018

The world-famous mezzo-soprano performs in recital on the Royal Opera House main stage, accompanied on the piano by Antonio Pappano.