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  • The Royal Opera
  • 12 September—8 October 2016
  • Main Stage

Antonio Pappano conducts a wonderful cast led by Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece, directed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus.

Il barbiere di Siviglia

  • The Royal Opera
  • 13 September—11 October 2016
  • Main Stage

Henrik Nánási conducts a cast including Javier Camarena, Daniela Mack and Vito Priante in this revival of The Royal Opera’s sparkling production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Così fan tutte

  • The Royal Opera
  • 22 September—19 October 2016
  • Main Stage

Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young and up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera on the nature of love.

La Fille mal gardée

  • The Royal Ballet
  • 27 September—22 October 2016
  • Main Stage

Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet The Wayward Daughter features some of his most brilliant choreography.

A Man of Good Hope

  • Isango Ensemble
  • 6 October—12 November 2016
  • Young Vic

Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble tell the true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

  • Jette Parker Young Artists
  • 9 October 2016
  • St Clement Danes

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.

The Nose

  • The Royal Opera
  • 20 October—9 November 2016
  • Main Stage

Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney.


  • The Royal Ballet
  • 26 October—12 November 2016
  • Main Stage

Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

  • The Royal Opera
  • 7 November—3 December 2016
  • Main Stage

Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach’s fantastical operatic drama The Tales of Hoffmann.


  • Jette Parker Young Artists
  • 8–19 November 2016
  • Wiltons Music Hall

See the opera stars of tomorrow in a blackly comic production of Handel’s masterful pasticcio, in the atmospheric setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.


Insights: Norma

  • 1 September 2016

Join the Norma creative team, from the acclaimed company La Fura dels Baus, as they reveal plans for their contemporary adaptation of this great bel canto opera.

Insights: In Conversation with John Tomlinson

  • 13 September 2016

Celebrating his 70th birthday, the British bass looks back over a starry career and discusses the highlights, his future plans and why he loves working with young singers.

Insights: Così fan tutte

  • 15 September 2016

Members of this new production’s creative team share their plans for staging the last of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas, with Director of Opera Kasper Holten.

Insights: Anastasia

  • 21 September 2016

Join The Royal Ballet as they reveal their plans for the revival of MacMillan’s daring and imaginative ballet.

Insights: The Nose

  • 27 September 2016

Director Barrie Kosky and members of the creative team present their vision for Shostakovich’s first opera, acclaimed for its biting wit, hilarious action and orchestral brilliance.

See all upcoming Insights.


Friends Rehearsals

  • 9 September—18 November 2016

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


Backstage Tour

  • 3 October—30 November 2016

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

  • 16 September 2016—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

  • 11 October—10 December 2016

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


Inspiration Days

  • 23 September 2016—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.


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.