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  • Noumena

    • 23 November—1 December 2017

    The rising star choreographer, Alexander Whitley, responds to Ashton’s ballet Sylvia in a new work.

  • Sylvia

    • 23 November—16 December 2017

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.

  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    • 24–27 November 2017

    Donizetti’s opera of a woman forced to breaking point is conducted by Michele Mariotti with a cast including Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo and Christopher Maltman, in Katie Mitchell’s powerful production.

  • Semiramide

    • 25 November—16 December 2017

    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.

  • Cavalleria rusticana

    • 29 November 2017—13 January 2018

    Daniel Oren conducts a cast including Elīna Garanča and Bryan Hymel in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mascagni’s thrilling opera.

  • Pagliacci

    • 29 November 2017—13 January 2018

    Daniel Oren conducts a cast including Fabio Sartori, Simon Keenlyside and Carmen Giannattasio in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production of Leoncavallo’s fiery one-act opera.

  • The Nutcracker

    • 5 December 2017—10 January 2018

    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

    • 14 December 2017—16 January 2018

    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

    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

    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

    Discover more about the choreographic process as Royal Ballet dancers explore and experiment with their choreographic ideas.

  • Tosca

    • 15 January—3 March 2018

    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

    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.

  • Carmen

    • 6 February—16 March 2018

    Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role.

  • The Winter's Tale

    • 13 February—21 March 2018

    Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.

  • From the House of the Dead

    • 7–24 March 2018

    Janáček’s final work receives its Royal Opera premiere in a new production directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White.

  • The Age of Anxiety

    • 15 March—9 April 2018

    Liam Scarlett sets Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no.2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’, inspired by W.H. Auden’s epic poem.

  • New Wayne McGregor

    • 15 March—9 April 2018

    Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with the world premiere of a new work.

  • New Christopher Wheeldon

    • 15 March—9 April 2018

    To mark the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Christopher Wheeldon creates a new work for The Royal Ballet.

  • Macbeth

    • 25 March—10 April 2018

    Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

  • Coraline

    • 27 March—7 April 2018

    The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production at the Barbican directed by Aletta Collins.

  • Manon

    • 29 March—16 May 2018

    Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

  • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

    • 12–27 April 2018

    Richard Jones’s critically acclaimed production returns after more than a decade, with Antonio Pappano conducting a cast led by Eva-Maria Westbroek in Shostakovich’s masterpiece.

  • Marguerite and Armand

    • 14 April—11 May 2018

    Frederick Ashton created this passionate ballet for the celebrated partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, to Liszt’s tempestuous Piano Sonata.

  • Elite Syncopations

    • 14 April—11 May 2018

    Music by Scott Joplin and others inspires Kenneth MacMillan to virtuoso heights of sexy psychedelia in his frothy ragtime ballet.

  • Obsidian Tear

    • 14 April—11 May 2018

    For the first time The Royal Ballet revives Wayne McGregor’s highly acclaimed 2016 work to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • Orchestral Concert

    • 23 April 2018

    Antonio Pappano conducts a concert programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, joined by baritone Christian Gerhaher.

  • 4.48 Psychosis

    • 24 April—4 May 2018

    Philip Venables’s award-winning opera inspired by Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play is revived for the first time.

  • Lessons in Love and Violence

    • 10–26 May 2018

    George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his new collaboration with Martin Crimp – a hotly anticipated work from the creators of Written on Skin, with an excellent, hand-picked cast.

  • Elizabeth

    • 16–19 May 2018

    Guest Artist and former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky illuminates the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth I in Will Tuckett and Alasdair Middleton’s elegant tapestry of dance, music and theatre.

  • Swan Lake

    • 17 May—21 June 2018

    The Royal Ballet performs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet. Production and additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane.

  • 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.

  • Lohengrin

    • 7 June—1 July 2018

    Wagner’s great romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt, Kristine Opolais and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden.

  • La bohème

    • 16 June—20 July 2018

    The first revival of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s passionate opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and with two wonderful casts including Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Siurina as Mimì and Matthew Polenzani and Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo.

  • Don Giovanni

    • 29 June—17 July 2018

    In Mozart’s dazzling tragicomic opera, Marc Minkowski conducts a world-class cast led by Mariusz Kwiecień with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Pavol Breslik and Hrachuhi Bassenz.

  • Falstaff

    • 7–21 July 2018

    Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and sheer joie de vivre.

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2018

    • 8 July 2018

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

  • Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018

    • 15 July 2018

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

  • L'Ange de Nisida in concert

    • 18–21 July 2018

    Opera Rara gives the world premiere of Donizetti’s opera – some of which is familiar from La Favorite – in a concert performance starring Joyce El-Khoury and conducted by Mark Elder.

  • Das Rheingold

    • 24 September—26 October 2018

    Antonio Pappano conducts the first opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, with a cast including John Lundgren and Johannes Martin Kränzle.

  • Die Walküre

    • 26 September—28 October 2018

    Antonio Pappano conducts a great cast including Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, John Lundgren and Nina Stemme in the second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

  • Siegfried

    • 29 September—31 October 2018

    The third opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen revels in its depiction of heroism even as it sets up the cycle’s dramatic conclusion.

  • Götterdämmerung

    • 1 October—2 November 2018

    The Twilight of the Gods, the fourth and final opera in Richard Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, brings this magnificent tale of gods and mortals to a fiery close.