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  • After the Rain

    • 12 February—11 March 2016

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

  • Strapless

    • 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.

  • L’Étoile

    • 15–24 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).

  • Il tabarro

    • 25 February—15 March 2016

    Martina Serafin, Lucio Gallo and Carl Tanner lead in this dark tale of infidelity and murder, the first opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.

  • 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

    Lucio Gallo leads an excellent ensemble cast in this riotous black comedy, the final opera of 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.

  • La traviata

    • 1–19 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.

  • Boris Godunov

    • 14 March—5 April 2016

    Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Musorgsky’s magnificent opera, starring Bryn Terfel in the title role and directed by Richard Jones.

  • 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.

  • Draft Works in the Clore: Reimagining Giselle

    • 1–15 April 2016

    Choreographer Joshua Beamish and dancers of The Royal Ballet present a work in progress inspired by the Romantic ballet Giselle, coinciding with its performances on the main stage.

  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    • 7 April—19 May 2016

    Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead two world-class casts in Katie Mitchell’s 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 with music by Joby Talbot is a triumph for The Royal Ballet.

  • Tannhäuser

    • 26 April—15 May 2016

    Hartmut Haenchen conducts Wagner’s potent early opera starring Peter Seiffert, Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Sophie Koch, in Tim Albery’s acclaimed production.

  • 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

    An excellent cast including Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform The Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu’s operatic masterpiece, directed by acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus.

  • 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.

  • Obsidian Tear

    • 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

    Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Platanias take the title role in Daniele Abbado’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic opera.

  • Werther

    • 19 June—13 July 2016

    Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigolo lead the cast with Antonio Pappano in the pit in Benoît Jacquot’s sumptuous production of Massenet’s operatic tragedy of duty and desire.

  • 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

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts two casts including such singers as Lianna Haroutounian and Christopher Maltman in David Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s searing opera.

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance

    • 9 July 2016

    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

    • 17 July 2016

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

  • Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum

    • 20–23 July 2016

    Pet Shop Boys launch their new album with an exclusive four-performance residency at the Royal Opera House, featuring spectacular designs by Es Devlin and choreography by Lynne Page.

  • Don Quixote

    • 25–28 July 2016

    The Bolshoi’s London season opens with this Petipa classic, in a dazzling restaging by Alexei Fadeyechev.

  • Swan Lake

    • 29 July—10 August 2016

    The Bolshoi’s spellbinding adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s glorious ballet, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich after Petipa and Ivanov.

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    • 3–4 August 2016

    The Bolshoi’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy, with choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot and music by Shostakovich.

  • The Flames of Paris

    • 5–6 August 2016

    Alexei Ratmansky’s celebrated revival of Vasily Vainonen’s revolutionary ballet, danced by the Bolshoi.

  • Le Corsaire

    • 11–13 August 2016

    The Bolshoi’s production of Petipa’s grand classic, magnificently reworked by Alexei Ratmansky.