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  • Guillaume Tell

    • 8–17 July 2015

    Award-winning director Damiano Michieletto makes his ROH debut with Rossini’s final opera. Antonio Pappano conducts a world-class cast led by Gerald Finley, John Osborn and Malin Byström.

  • La bohème

    • 9–16 July 2015

    Last chance to see John Copley’s classic production with beautiful designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman. Cast includes Lianna Haroutounian with Piotr Beczala.

  • Falstaff

    • 9–18 July 2015

    Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri, acclaimed for his performances as Verdi’s ageing knight, leads the first revival of Robert Carsen’s colourful production, conducted by Michael Schønwandt.

  • All Change

    • 9–10 July 2015

    The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19 come together in a choral extravaganza to celebrate the new Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre.

  • Whelan/Watson: Other Stories

    • 9–12 July 2015

    American ballerina Wendy Whelan, Principal at New York City Ballet for 30 years, and Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Edward Watson, collaborate for the first time in a newly commissioned programme.

  • The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance

    • 12 July 2015

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

  • JPYA Summer Performance

    • 18 July 2015

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

  • Plácido Domingo's Operalia

    • 19 July 2015

    The final of Plácido Domingo's international singing competition comes to the Royal Opera House for the first time.

  • Cities of Salt

    • 22 July 2015

    Award-winning Syrian composer Zaid Jabri and librettists Yvette Christiansë and Rosalind Morris present four scenes from a new opera exploring the impact of the discovery of oil on a small desert community.

  • Peter Pan

    • 24–25 July 2015

    WNO presents Richard Ayres and Lavinia Greenlaw's new family opera adapted from J.M. Barrie's beloved fairytale.

  • Cubanía

    • 27 July—2 August 2015

    Carlos Acosta returns with a vibrant mixed programme featuring works from leading Cuban artists accompanied by a live Cuban band.

  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

    • 30 July 2015

    The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® visits the Royal Opera House as part of their farewell tour.

  • Casablanca: Live

    • 7–8 August 2015

    Enjoy this classic film like never before – screened in the iconic Royal Opera House auditorium and accompanied by a live performance from Cinematic Sinfonia.

  • Ben Folds with yMusic

    • 12 August 2015

    Cult pop icon Ben Folds performs new songs and favourite hits live on stage with the acclaimed sextet yMusic, as part of a world tour.

  • Macbeth

    • 9 September 2015

    Luke Styles, former Young Composer in Residence for Glyndebourne, presents a new one-act chamber opera based on Shakespeare’s violent tragedy.

  • Orphée et Eurydice

    • 14 September—3 October 2015

    Juan Diego Flórez makes his stage role debut in Gluck’s great opera with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists in a new production directed by Hofesh Shechter and John Fulljames.

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    • 15 September—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.

  • Orpheus

    • 15–19 September 2015

    Award-winning theatre company Little Bulb Theatre perform their acclaimed take on the Orpheus myth, bringing together opera, Hot Club jazz and French chanson in a highly original production.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    • 19 September—2 December 2015

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

  • Symphonie Dramatique

    • 23–26 September 2015

    Québécois company Cas Public dance their vibrant, contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • Chéri

    • 29 September—4 October 2015

    International dance stars Alessandra Ferri and Herman Conejo return to the roles they created in the UK premiere of Martha Clarke’s impassioned work of dance-theatre, inspired by the writings of Colette.

  • Raven Girl

    • 6–24 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

    • 6–24 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.

  • The Last Hotel

    • 9–17 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.

  • Ariadne auf Naxos

    • 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.

  • Carmen

    • 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.

  • Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

    • 22–24 October 2015

    The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

  • Orpheus

    • 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

    • 13–28 November 2015

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

  • Mixed Programme: The Anatomy of 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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 tale of courage, friendship and growing up is a theatrical event for all the family. David Bruce’s magical opera is based on a fairytale by Philip Pullman.

  • Eugene Onegin

    • 19 December 2015—7 January 2016

    Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera is given an elegiac telling in Kasper Holten’s production.

  • Tosca

    • 9 January—5 February 2016

    Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.

  • 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.

  • L’Etoile

    • 1–24 February 2016

    French director Mariame Clément makes her Royal Opera debut with Chabrier’s fabulously frothy comic opera.

  • Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    • 8 February 2016

    Antonio Pappano conducts a captivating concert programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

  • 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 and one of the world’s leading choreographers, creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, 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

    A tragic story of maternal love and loss: Richard Jones presents a moving interpretation of the second opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.

  • Gianni Schicchi

    • 25 February—15 March 2016

    Puccini’s trio of operas, Il trittico, concludes with a riotous black comedy, brought to the stage in Richard Jones’s joyful and witty production.

  • 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.

  • 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—7 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.