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Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

  • 15 December 2017—13 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Catch this classic double bill of Italian opera in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production, with Daniel Oren conducting two excellent casts.


  • 16 December 2017
  • Main Stage

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.


  • 16 December 2017
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini’s epic tragedy with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee in a new production by David Alden.

The Nutcracker

  • 18 December 2017—10 January 2018
  • Main Stage

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.


  • 19 December 2017—16 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Alexander Joel conducts two excellent casts led by Dimitri Platanias in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera.


  • 8–30 January 2018
  • Main Stage

Malin Byström takes on the title role in Richard Strauss’s searing opera, as featured in the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

The Return of Ulysses

  • 10–21 January 2018
  • Roundhouse

The Royal Opera returns to the Roundhouse with Monteverdi’s great late work, in a new production directed by John Fulljames starring Christine Rice and Roderick Williams, sung in English.

Draft Works 2018

  • 11–12 January 2018
  • Linden Studio Theatre (RBS)

Discover more about the choreographic process as Royal Ballet dancers explore and experiment with their choreographic ideas.


  • 15 January—3 March 2018
  • Main Stage

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller.


  • 19 January—9 March 2018
  • Main Stage

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.


Insights: Big Sing – Christmas Carols Singalong

  • 17 December 2017

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

Insights: Tosca

  • 25 January 2018

Discover a world of intrigue, deception and a desperate love in Jonathan Kent’s much-admired production of Puccini’s operatic thriller.

Insights: Carmen

  • 26 January 2018

Explore Barrie Kosky’s fresh take on one of the most famous operas of all time.

Insights: The Winter's Tale

  • 30 January 2018

Join Christopher Wheeldon and dancers of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal.

Insights: In Conversation with Gerald Finley

  • 5 February 2018

The award-winning Canadian bass-baritone reflects on his career to date.

See all upcoming Insights.


Friends Rehearsals

  • 5 January—14 March 2018

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


Backstage Tour

  • 2 January—28 February 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

  • 12 January—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

  • 2 January—27 March 2018

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


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

  • 15 December 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.


Lunchtime Recitals

  • 8 January—19 February 2018

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