Guide to the Royal Opera House Summer Season 2012/13
Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.
- Premium 2 Friends: 26 February
- Premium 1 Friends: 27 February
- Supporting Friends: 1 March
- Friends of Covent Garden – Ballet: 12 March
- Friends of Covent Garden – Opera: 13 March
- Public Booking: 9 April
View our Summer Season Seating Plan (PDF 1MB).
- Summer Advance Booking Packages (PDF) – Premium 2 Friends (26 February), Premium 1 Friends (27 February), Supporting Friends (1 March), Other Friends (5 March)
- Summer Advance Booking Packages (PDF) – General booking (5 April)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Ramin Gray
14 June – 22 June
Lively and inventive, the score includes everything from smashing plates to megaphones, and Ramin Gray’s production promises to be just as imaginative as the music.
Simon Boccanegra by Guiseppe Verdi (Main Stage)
Dir: Elijah Moshinsky
27 June – 16 July
‘Renowned baritone Thomas Hampson will perform as the Doge of Genoa in one of Verdi’s most compelling works, a role he recently performed to acclaim with Chicago’s Lyric Opera.
Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
Dir: Pedro Ribeiro
Featuring scenes from 2012/13 Season productions.
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (Main Stage)
Dir: Jonathan Kent
2 March – 20 July
Drama and passion combine in this turbulent production of Puccini’s classic, set in 19th-century Rome.
La rondine by Giacomo Puccini (Main Stage)
Dir: Nicolas Joël
5 July – 21 July
A sumptuous production with sensational sets, it will bring the glamour of 1920s Paris to the main stage.
The Canticles by Benjamin Britten (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Neil Bartlett
10 July – 12 July
Five miniature musical gems, The Canticles are the perfect demonstration of Britten’s talent as an opera composer.
Capriccio in Concert by Richard Strauss (Main Stage)
19 July – 21 July
Featuring universally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming.
Mayerling (Main Stage)
19 April – 15 June
Adult drama meets sublime choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece. A story of passion and madness based on historical fact.
Hansel and Gretel (Linbury Studio Theatre)
8 May – 11 May
Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett presents his first full-length work in the Linbury, a dark re-telling of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairytale.
Witch Hunt (Linbury Studio Theatre)
22 May – 25 May
Cathy Marston brings a new full-length work to the Linbury with Bern: Ballet. Based on the harrowing tale of Anna Göldi, the ‘last witch in Europe’, it promises to be a powerful piece.
Mixed Programme: Raven Girl/Symphony in C (Main Stage)
24 May – 8 June
George Balanchine’s masterpiece Symphony in C will be performed alongside Raven Girl, a brand new work by The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, created in collaboration with award-winning author Audrey Niffenegger.
Blood (Linbury Studio Theatre)
27 June & 28 June
Choreographer/dancer Jean Abreu explores the raw experience of being alive through a multimedia production that draws on images by acclaimed artists Gilbert & George. The score is by Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic.
Royal Ballet School Summer Performance (Main Stage)
From students as young as 11 to graduates, dancers from the Royal Ballet School take to the main stage to showcase the breadth of talent.
Throughout July and August, the Bolshoi Ballet will also be performing in Covent Garden. Find out more about the Bolshoi’s residency.
To accompany the productions on-stage, Royal Opera House Restaurants are providing menus tailored specially for each production. Find out more closer to the time in our Restaurants and Bars section.