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  • Raven Girl

    • 10–24 October 2015

    A modern fairytale from Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with award-winning writer Audrey Niffenegger and composer Gabriel Yared.

  • Connectome

    • 10–24 October 2015

    Alastair Marriott’s acclaimed 2014 ballet explores ideas of identity, growth and loss, with designs by Es Devlin and music by Arvo Pärt.

  • Ariadne auf Naxos

    • The Royal Opera
    • 10–16 October 2015

    Karita Mattila reprises her ‘glorious’ (Guardian), ‘mesmerizing’ (Telegraph) performance of the title role in Christof Loy’s acclaimed production, in a short run of just three performances.

  • The Last Hotel

    • 10–17 October 2015

    Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh’s new opera is an intense psychological thriller, presented by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera.

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    • The Royal Opera
    • 14 October 2015

    Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s brilliant comic opera, starring Erwin Schrott and Anita Hartig with conductor Ivor Bolton.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 17 October—2 December 2015

    A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers: Kenneth MacMillan’s groundbreaking ballet is a 20th-century classic.

  • Carmen

    • The Royal Opera
    • 19 October—30 November 2015

    The Royal Opera’s classic production of Bizet’s much-loved opera returns with a host of international stars, including Anita Rachvelishvili, Elena Maximova, Bryan Hymel, Yonghoon Lee and Jonas Kaufmann.

  • The Lighthouse: Meet the Young Artists Week

    • The Royal Opera
    • 22–24 October 2015

    The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s operatic ghost story, in one of the highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

  • Orpheus

    • The Royal Opera
    • 23 October—15 November 2015

    Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company (L’Ormindo) return to the unique candlelit space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a new production of Rossi’s baroque opera, directed by Keith Warner.

  • Meet the Young Artists: The Juke Box

    • 25 October 2015

    Choose the evening’s programme from the options given at the lunchtime session in these popular recitals, part of Meet the Young Artists week.

  • Viscera

    • 26 October—12 November 2015

    This dazzling ballet was the US choreographic debut of rising star Liam Scarlett. Intense, dynamic movement is set to Lowell Liebermann’s driving score.

  • Afternoon of a Faun

    • 26 October—12 November 2015

    Jerome Robbins’s poignant setting of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is a modern ballet classic.

  • Tchaikovsky Pas de deux

    • 26 October—12 November 2015

    Balanchine’s brief and brilliant ballet is set to music Tchaikovsky originally wrote for Swan Lake, and is a breathtaking display of bravura technique.

  • Carmen

    • 26 October—12 November 2015

    Carlos Acosta adapts Bizet’s opera for dance in his new work for The Royal Ballet, with spectacular designs by Tim Hatley and a new orchestration of Bizet’s score by Martin Yates.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    • 5–7 November 2015

    Will Todd’s charming opera for children comes to the Royal Opera House for the first time, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication.

  • Mixed Programme: Until.With/Out.Enough / TearFall / Bloom

    • 11–14 November 2015

    Phoenix Dance Theatre, one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies, presents an exciting mixed programme featuring works by Sharon Watson, Caroline Finn and Itzik Galili.

  • Morgen und Abend

    • The Royal Opera
    • 13–28 November 2015

    Graham Vick directs the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera, starring great Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.

  • A Passing Cloud

    • 17–21 November 2015

    Royal New Zealand Ballet, the national ballet company of New Zealand, performs a mixed programme of contemporary dance that celebrates New Zealand and Pasifika culture.

  • Monotones I and II

    • 18 November—5 December 2015

    Sublime music by Erik Satie accompanies mesmerizing choreography in Frederick Ashton’s strikingly modernist ballet diptych.

  • The Two Pigeons

    • 18 November—5 December 2015

    Ashton’s two-act ballet on the nature of love is a masterpiece of gentle humour and pathos.

  • The Tiger Lillies: Lulu – a Murder Ballad

    • 23–28 November 2015

    Cult cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies perform their brilliantly twisted song cycle inspired by Frank Wedekind’s fascinating heroine.

  • Upon Awakening (Fallen Angels Dance Theatre)

    • 27 November 2015

    Change the way you think about addiction and recovery with this innovative piece of dance theatre, inspired by real-life stories.

  • Cavalleria rusticana

    • 3 December 2015—1 January 2016

    Damiano Michieletto directs a new production of Mascagni’s greatest opera, a tragic tale of forsaken love and jealous revenge.

  • Pagliacci

    • 3 December 2015—1 January 2016

    Damiano Michieletto directs a new production of Leoncavallo’s thrilling tragic opera of a violent jealousy.

  • The Nutcracker

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 8 December 2015—14 January 2016

    A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful adventure in this classic ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score.

  • The Firework-Maker's Daughter

    • 10 December 2015—2 January 2016

    This magical tale of courage and friendship is a theatrical event for all the family. David Bruce’s opera is based on a story by Philip Pullman.

  • Eugene Onegin

    • 19 December 2015—7 January 2016

    Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast led by Dmitri Hvorostovsky and rising star Nicole Car in Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera.

  • Elizabeth

    • 8–17 January 2016

    Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky dance Will Tuckett’s opulent full-length work of dance, music and theatre, exploring the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Tosca

    • 9 January—5 February 2016

    Angela Gheorghiu and Amanda Echalaz take the title role in Jonathan Kent’s highly acclaimed production of Puccini’s fiery operatic drama.

  • Rhapsody

    • 16–30 January 2016

    A celebratory showpiece set to sweeping music by Rachmaninoff – Frederick Ashton’s ballet is a tribute to virtuoso dance.

  • La traviata

    • 16 January—19 March 2016

    Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production, with three world-class casts led by Venera Gimadieva, Maria Agresta and Nicole Cabell.

  • L’Etoile

    • 1–24 February 2016

    Mark Elder conducts The Royal Opera’s first production of Chabrier’s fabulously frothy comic opera, directed by Mariame Clément (Glyndebourne’s Don Pasquale).

  • The Mighty Handful: Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in concert

    • 8 February 2016

    Antonio Pappano conducts the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with a captivating programme of works by five influential composers of 19th-century Russia.

  • After the Rain

    • 12 February—11 March 2016

    Christopher Wheeldon’s landmark one-act ballet is set to elegiac music by Arvo Pärt.

  • New Christopher Wheeldon

    • 12 February—11 March 2016

    Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, creates a new work for The Royal Ballet inspired by the art of John Singer Sargent, to music by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

  • Within the Golden Hour

    • 12 February—11 March 2016

    Christopher Wheeldon’s one-act ballet to music by Ezio Bosso has been acclaimed as one of his finest works.

  • Il tabarro

    • 25 February—15 March 2016

    This tale of infidelity and murder set on the banks of the Seine is the first opera in Puccini’s Il trittico. Richard Jones’s production was acclaimed on its premiere in 2011.

  • Suor Angelica

    • 25 February—15 March 2016

    Ermonela Jaho takes the title role in this tragic story of maternal love and loss, the second opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.

  • Gianni Schicchi

    • 25 February—15 March 2016

    Ermonela Jaho takes the title role in this tragic story of maternal love and loss, the second opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.

  • Giselle

    • 26 February—15 April 2016

    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.

  • Boris Godunov

    • 14 March—5 April 2016

    Richard Jones directs a new production of Musorgsky’s magnificent opera on the perils of power.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • 29 March—3 April 2016

    Gerald Barry’s operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play is a comic masterpiece.

  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    • 7 April—19 May 2016

    Katie Mitchell directs a new production of Donizetti’s tragic opera.

  • The Winter’s Tale

    • 12 April—10 June 2016

    Christopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.

  • Tannhäuser

    • 26 April—15 May 2016

    Tim Albery’s acclaimed production of Wagner’s early opera focusses on the conflicting allures of the sensual and the spiritual.

  • Frankenstein

    • 4–27 May 2016

    The world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.

  • Pleasure

    • 12–14 May 2016

    Rising star composer Mark Simpson makes his operatic debut with this thriller, set in a gay club.

  • Oedipe

    • 23 May—8 June 2016

    The Royal Opera presents La Fura dels Baus’s production of Enescu’s only opera, a rarely-seen masterpiece.

  • 4.48 Psychosis

    • 24–28 May 2016

    The world premiere of composer Philip Venables’s opera, based on Sarah Kane’s extraordinary play about her experience of depression.

  • New Wayne McGregor

    • 28 May—11 June 2016

    The world premiere of a new ballet by Wayne McGregor, set to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s acclaimed 2011 orchestral work Nyx.

  • The Invitation

    • 28 May—11 June 2016

    Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet is gripping dance theatre, with its complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption.

  • Nabucco

    • 6–30 June 2016

    Director Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in this powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera.

  • Werther

    • 19 June—13 July 2016

    Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s tragic opera explores the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires.

  • In Parenthesis

    • 29 June—1 July 2016

    Welsh National Opera presents a new opera from acclaimed British composer Iain Bell, with a libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins that adapts David Jones’s epic poem set during the Battle of the Somme.

  • Il trovatore

    • 2–17 July 2016

    Director David Bösch makes his UK debut with a new production of Verdi’s searing tragic opera.

  • JPYA Summer Performance

    • 17 July 2016

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