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Productions

The Exterminating Angel

  • The Royal Opera
  • 27 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 Kristin Lewis 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.

Sukanya at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

  • 15 May 2017
  • Symphony Hall

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.

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

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 18–31 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.

Sukanya at Royal Festival Hall, London

  • 19 May 2017
  • Royal Festival Hall

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.

Chance to Dance

  • 21 May 2017
  • Linden Studio Theatre (RBS)

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.

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.

Insights

Insights: Dance with The Royal Ballet

  • 27–28 April 2017

Learn choreography inspired by the works of Frederick Ashton, led by The Royal Ballet’s Assistant Ballet Mistress.

Insights: The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand

  • 3 May 2017

Join Kevin O’Hare and dancers of The Royal Ballet as they discuss and demonstrate Fredrick Ashton’s style.

Insights: In Conversation with Edward Watson

  • 12 May 2017

Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson shares his career highlights and reveals what it takes to be at the forefront of British ballet.

Insights: Adapting Shakespeare

  • 17 May 2017

In partnership with the British Academy, Royal Opera House creatives and leading Shakespearean scholar Jonathan Bate discuss stage adaptations of Shakespeare's immortal works.

Insights: In Conversation with Liam Scarlett

  • 19 May 2017

Hear Liam Scarlett in conversation with former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 28 April—25 May 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 27 April—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

  • 28 April—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

  • 27 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.

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

  • 8–22 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.

Nordic Matters Recital

  • 9 June 2017

As part of 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.