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Productions

Otello

  • The Royal Opera
  • 24 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.

La traviata

  • 25 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.

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.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2017

  • 9 July 2017
  • Main Stage

This summer showcase offers a chance to see the depth and breadth of talent emerging from The Royal Ballet School.

Woman at Point Zero and Four Arab Composers

  • 13 July 2017
  • LSO St Luke's

The Royal Opera and Shubbak Festival in association with Abu Dhabi Festival present works by five composers from the Arab world in a special event at LSO St Luke’s.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2017

  • 16 July 2017
  • Main Stage

The Jette Parker Young Artists return to the main stage in their annual summer performance.

The Merchant of Venice

  • Welsh National Opera
  • 19–20 July 2017
  • Main Stage

André Tchaikowsky’s Shakespeare-inspired opera is an important rediscovery in 20th-century opera and receives its London premiere in Welsh National Opera’s production, directed by Keith Warner.

Don Quixote

  • 24 July—5 August 2017
  • Main Stage

The Mariinsky Ballet’s London season opens with the company’s sparkling production of Petipa and Gorsky’s exuberant classic.

Insights

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.

Insights: Die Zauberflöte

  • 29 August 2017

Join conductor Julia Jones and members of the cast to explore The Magic Flute’s enchanting world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.

Insights: La bohème

  • 31 August 2017

Join conductor Antonio Pappano and members of the production team and cast to discover more about The Royal Opera’s new production of Puccini’s captivating opera.

Insights: The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • 12 September 2017

Follow dancers of The Royal Ballet down the rabbit hole as they prepare for this revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s dazzling take on Lewis Carol’s classic story.

Insights: In Conversation with Erwin Schrott

  • 14 September 2017

Join bass-baritone Erwin Schrott as he reflects on his career to date and discusses the state of opera today.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 3 July 2017

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

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 26 June—11 August 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

  • 30 June—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

  • 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.

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

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.

Lunchtime Recitals

  • 16 October—20 November 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.

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.