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Swan Lake

  • 22 May—21 June 2018
  • Main Stage

The Royal Ballet performs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. Production and additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

Lessons in Love and Violence

  • 24–26 May 2018
  • Main Stage

George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his new collaboration with Martin Crimp – a hotly anticipated work from the creators of Written on Skin, with an excellent, hand-picked cast.

Spring Gala

  • 30 May 2018
  • Main Stage

Join us for a celebratory Gala performance by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

Chance to Dance

  • 2 June 2018
  • Clore Studio Upstairs

Children from the level 4 class in the Royal Opera House's Chance to Dance programme perform work created alongside choreographer Sarah Dowling and First Artist with The Royal Ballet Nathalie Harrison.

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano recital

  • 4 June 2018
  • Main Stage

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


  • 7 June—1 July 2018
  • Main Stage

Wagner’s great Romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden.

Mamzer Bastard

  • 14–17 June 2018
  • Hackney Empire

The Royal Opera presents the world premiere of a new work by exciting young composer Na’ama Zisser, in a soundworld that thrillingly unites contemporary idioms with the music of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism.

La bohème

  • 16 June—20 July 2018
  • Main Stage

The first revival of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s passionate opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and with two wonderful casts including Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Siurina as Mimì and Matthew Polenzani and Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo.

Chance to Dance

  • 17 June 2018
  • Linden Studio Theatre (RBS)

Children from levels 1, 2 and 3 classes in the Royal Opera House's flagship learning programme Chance to Dance perform their own dances inspired by the new Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake.


  • 20–23 June 2018
  • Printworks London

Mark Padmore, Elaine Mitchener and the London Sinfonietta perform the world premiere of a new opera by composer Tansy Davies and librettist Nick Drake, the award-winning team behind Between Worlds.


Insights: Swan Lake and Me

  • 23 May—6 June 2018

Hear from dancers of The Royal Ballet about the challenges of taking on some of ballet's most iconic roles.

Insights: Adapting Swan Lake

  • 24 May 2018

Join some of the creative minds behind recent adaptations of Swan Lake as they discuss how the story and score inspired them.

Insights: Lohengrin

  • 25 May 2018

David Alden takes you behind the scenes of The Royal Opera's new production of Wagner's Lohengrin.

Insights: Behind the Scenes of Swan Lake

  • 29 May 2018

What does it take to get a new production to the stage?

Insights: Swan Lake Costume Workshop

  • 1 June 2018

Learn some of the skills and techniques that go in to creating ballet costumes.

See all upcoming Insights.


Friends Rehearsals

  • 14 June—4 July 2018

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


Backstage Tour

  • 22–31 May 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

  • 25 May—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

  • 31 May—30 July 2018

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


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 24 May 2018

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

Meet the Young Artists 2018

  • 22–27 October 2018

After two seasons at St Clement Danes in the Strand during Open Up, Meet the Young Artists Week returns to the Royal Opera House with performances in the Crush Room.