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Productions

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.

Sylvia

  • 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.

Semiramide

  • 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.

Rigoletto

  • 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.

Salome

  • 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.

Tosca

  • 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.

Giselle

  • 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

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.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 5 January—14 March 2018

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

Tours

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Recitals

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.