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  • Oedipe

    • 30 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.

  • Within the Golden Hour

    • 31 May—11 June 2016

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

  • Obsidian Tear

    • 31 May—11 June 2016

    The world premiere of a new ballet by Wayne McGregor to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducts three performances of this unique collaboration.

  • The Invitation

    • 31 May—11 June 2016

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

  • The Winter's Tale

    • 1–10 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.

  • Chance to Dance

    • 4 June 2016

    Chance to Dance share with family and friends their work in their annual performance, this year based around Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale.

  • 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 Grigòlo 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

    • Welsh National Opera
    • 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

    • The Royal Opera
    • 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.

  • Norma

    • 12 September—8 October 2016

    Antonio Pappano conducts a wonderful cast led by Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece, directed by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus.

  • Il barbiere di Siviglia

    • 13 September—11 October 2016

    Henrik Nánási conducts a cast including Javier Camarena, Daniela Mack and Vito Priante in this revival of The Royal Opera’s sparkling production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

  • Così fan tutte

    • 22 September—19 October 2016

    Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young and up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera on the nature of love.

  • La Fille mal gardée

    • 27 September—22 October 2016

    Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet The Wayward Daughter features some of his most brilliant choreography.

  • A Man of Good Hope

    • 6 October—12 November 2016

    Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble tell the true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

  • Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

    • 9 October 2016

    Choose the evening’s programme from the options given at the lunchtime session in this popular event at St Clement Danes in the Strand, part of Meet the Young Artists Week.

  • The Nose

    • 20 October—9 November 2016

    Barrie Kosky makes his Royal Opera debut with a new production of Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney.

  • Anastasia

    • 26 October—12 November 2016

    Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution.

  • Les Contes d'Hoffmann

    • 7 November—3 December 2016

    Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach’s fantastical operatic drama The Tales of Hoffmann.

  • Oreste

    • 8–19 November 2016

    See the opera stars of tomorrow in a blackly comic production of Handel’s masterful pasticcio, in the atmospheric setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

  • Carbon Life

    • 10–19 November 2016

    Wayne McGregor joins forces with stars of fashion and pop Gareth Pugh and Mark Ronson, in the ballet’s first revival since its 2012 premiere.

  • Chroma

    • 10–19 November 2016

    Dancers of The Royal Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater come together to perform Wayne McGregor’s classic of contemporary ballet, to music from Joby Talbot and The White Stripes.

  • New Wayne McGregor

    • 10–19 November 2016

    The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer creates a new one-act work to a world premiere from composer Steve Reich, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

  • Manon Lescaut

    • 22 November—12 December 2016

    Antonio Pappano conducts Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko in the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s thought-provoking production of Puccini’s first operatic triumph.

  • The Nutcracker

    • 23 November 2016—12 January 2017

    The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

  • Der Rosenkavalier

    • 17 December 2016—24 January 2017

    Andris Nelsons conducts two starry casts including Renée Fleming, Alice Coote and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in Robert Carsen’s new production of Richard Strauss’s charming operatic comedy.

  • The Sleeping Beauty

    • 21 December 2016—14 March 2017

    Celebrate 70 years of The Royal Ballet’s landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells, to glorious music by Tchaikovsky.

  • Written on Skin

    • 13–30 January 2017

    George Benjamin conducts a superb cast in The Royal Opera’s first revival of his and Martin Crimp’s highly acclaimed opera– an unmissable event in contemporary music.

  • La traviata

    • 16 January—4 July 2017

    Joyce El-Khoury, Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead three excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.

  • Woolf Works

    • 21 January—14 February 2017

    The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi.

  • Les Enfants Terribles

    • 27–29 January 2017

    Javier De Frutos directs a new production of Philip Glass’s dance opera inspired by Cocteau’s surrealist tragedy, featuring Royal Ballet dancers and leading lights of the contemporary and classical dance scene.

  • Adriana Lecouvreur

    • 7 February—2 March 2017

    Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz star in the first revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous production of Cilea’s tragic opera.

  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    • 11–31 March 2017

    Kasper Holten makes his farewell as The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera with Wagner’s comic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryn Terfel.

  • The Human Seasons

    • 16–24 March 2017

    The first revival of David Dawson’s first work for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the poetry of Keats.

  • After the Rain

    • 16–24 March 2017

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

  • New Crystal Pite

    • 16–24 March 2017

    Acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite creates her first work for The Royal Ballet.

  • Madama Butterfly

    • 20 March—25 April 2017

    Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna conduct two great casts led by Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.

  • Jewels

    • 1–21 April 2017

    Now celebrating its 50th year, George Balanchine’s sparkling ballet still shines with all the brilliance of the gemstones that inspired it.

  • The Exterminating Angel

    • 24 April—8 May 2017

    Thomas Adès conducts a huge ensemble cast of world-class singers in the UK premiere of his latest opera, inspired by Luis Buñuel’s iconic film.

  • Mayerling

    • 28 April—13 May 2017

    Adult drama meets electrifying choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful ballet – a devastating tale of extreme passion and desperate acts, inspired by true events.

  • Don Carlo

    • 12–29 May 2017

    Bertrand de Billy conducts a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.

  • Strapless

    • 18–31 May 2017

    This one-act narrative ballet from Christopher Wheeldon spins a tale of ambition and hypocrisy around John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X, to an original score by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

  • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

    • 18–31 May 2017

    The Royal Ballet revives this thrilling work from modern master William Forsythe, set to music by Schubert, for the first time in nearly fifteen years.

  • Tarantella

    • 18–31 May 2017

    George Balanchine’s exuberant pas de deux is full of swagger, charm and ballet brilliance.

  • New Liam Scarlett

    • 18–31 May 2017

    The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence creates a new one-act ballet for the Company

  • L'elisir d'amore

    • 27 May—22 June 2017

    Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Rolando Villazón, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

  • Marguerite and Armand

    • 2–10 June 2017

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

  • The Dream

    • 2–10 June 2017

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet’s repertory.

  • Symphonic Variations

    • 2–10 June 2017

    The Royal Ballet celebrates 70 years at the Royal Opera House with Ashton’s seminal masterpiece on the beauty of pure movement, the first work he created for the Company’s new home theatre.

  • Otello

    • 21 June—15 July 2017

    Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role.

  • Mitridate, re di Ponto

    • 26 June—7 July 2017

    Christophe Rousset conducts an excellent cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s early opera.

  • Turandot

    • 5–16 July 2017

    Christine Goerke and Lise Lindstrom take the title role in Andrei Serban’s striking staging of Puccini’s final opera.

  • Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2016/17

    • 16 July 2017

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

  • The Merchant of Venice

    • 19–20 July 2017

    André Tchaikowsky’s Shakespeare-inspired opera is an important rediscovery in 20th-century opera and receives its London premiere in Welsh National Opera’s production, directed by Keith Warner.