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  • 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.

  • Mayerling

    • 8–30 October 2018

    Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan's ballet inspired by true events.

  • Solomon

    • 11 October 2018

    Handel’s magnificent oratorio Solomon returns to its original home with conductor Christian Curnyn, the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of Early Opera Company.

  • Verdi's Requiem

    • 23 October 2018

    Antonio Pappano leads the full forces of The Royal Opera and a cast of superb soloists in a special performance of Verdi's religious masterpiece.

  • La Bayadère

    • 1–17 November 2018

    Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

  • Simon Boccanegra

    • 15 November—10 December 2018

    Verdi's tragedy about the ill-fated Doge of Genoa Simon Boccanegra returns in Elijah Moshinsky's handsome Renaissance production.

  • Infra

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Wayne McGregor's abstract ballet is a moving exploration of emotion, set to Max Richter's melancholic and beautiful score.

  • Symphony in C

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Balanchine's dazzling neoclassical ballet, set to Bizet's Symphony no.1 is a joyful showcase for the whole Company.

  • The Unknown Soldier

    • 20–29 November 2018

    Alastair Marriott creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War I.

  • Carmen

    • 27 November—22 December 2018

    Bizet's greatest opera tells the story of the enigmatic and seductive Carmen and the dangerous passion she arouses in Don José.

  • The Nutcracker

    • 3 December 2018—15 January 2019

    A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    • 11–29 December 2018

    A stunning new production of Humperdinck's exquisite opera is the perfect treat for Christmas.

  • The Concert

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    An audience at a concert are taken on flights of fancy in Jerome Robbins's comedic ballet.

  • Les Patineurs

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    Frederick Ashton's delightful and seasonal ballet brings the joy and beauty of ice-skating to the stage.

  • Winter Dreams

    • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019

    Kenneth MacMillan's evocative ballet explores the inner lives of three sisters in the Russian countryside.

  • The Queen of Spades

    • 13 January—1 February 2019

    Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera receives star treatment in Stefan Herheim's staging, with a cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Felicity Palmer and Aleksandrs Antonenko.

  • La traviata

    • 14–31 January 2019

    Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

  • Asphodel Meadows

    • 18 January—13 February 2019

    Liam Scarlett's elegiac and classically inspired ballet pairs pure dance beautifully with music by Poulenc

  • The Two Pigeons

    • 18 January—13 February 2019

    Young love triumphs over misunderstandings and mistakes in Frederick Ashton's nostalgic and humorous ballet.

  • Katya Kabanova

    • 4–26 February 2019

    Rising stars Amanda Majeski and Pavel Cernoch make Royal Opera debuts in Richard Jones's production of the second work in The Royal Opera's Janácek cycle.

  • Orchestral Concert 2018-19 Season

    • 8 February 2019

    Antonio Pappano leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for a special concert performance on the Main Stage at Covent Garden.

  • The Royal Ballet School

    • 12–16 February 2019

    The dancers of the future bring their talent to the Royal Opera House main stage for three special performances.

  • Don Quixote

    • 15 February—4 April 2019

    Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.

  • Così fan tutte

    • 25 February—16 March 2019

    Thomas Allen and five young operatic talents star in Mozart's theatrical and tuneful comedy about love and fidelity.

  • Frankenstein

    • 5–23 March 2019

    Love, grief and the desire for power over death fuel a tragic spiral of events in this revival of Liam Scarlett's first full-length ballet.

  • La forza del destino

    • 21 March—22 April 2019

    Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Christopher Maltman, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    • 26 March—11 June 2019

    Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

  • Faust

    • 11 April—6 May 2019

    Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott.

  • Billy Budd

    • 23 April—10 May 2019

    Deborah Warner stages the first production of Britten's all-male opera at Covent Garden for nearly two decades, with Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt in the lead roles.

  • Within the Golden Hour

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Christopher Wheeldon's ballet to a specially written score by Ezio Bosso has been acclaimed as one of his finest works.

  • Flight Pattern

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Crystal Pite's ballet is a moving exploration of the refugee crisis, from the plight of millions of displaced people to individual human relationships

  • New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    • 8–21 May 2019

    Acclaimed contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates his first work for The Royal Ballet

  • Andrea Chénier

    • 20 May—9 June 2019

    David McVicar's stunning production of Giordano's greatest opera returns with Roberto Alagna as the revolutionary poet Andrea Chénier.

  • Tosca

    • 24 May—20 June 2019

    Puccini's thrilling opera returns with star singers Kristine Opolais, Angela Gheorghiu, Vittorio Grigòlo, Bryn Terfel and Marco Vratogna in the lead roles.

  • A Month in the Country

    • 4–14 June 2019

    Frederick Ashton's poignant ballet captures the essence of Turgenev's play about family and unrequited love.

  • The Firebird

    • 4–14 June 2019

    Good confronts evil in Mikhail Fokine's classic ballet about a magical Firebird, a powerful magician and a noble Prince.

  • Boris Godunov

    • 19 June—3 July 2019

    Bryn Terfel leads a predominantly British cast as the tormented Tsar Boris in Richard Jones's production of Musorgsky's magnificent opera.

  • The Marriage of Figaro

    • 29 June—21 July 2019

    Mozart's great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness returns with Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside as the clever Figaro and his aristocratic master.

  • La Fille du régiment

    • 8–20 July 2019

    An exciting young cast take on Donizetti's sparkling French comic opera in Laurent Pelly's hilarious production.

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2019

    • 14 July 2019

    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 2019

    • 21 July 2019

    Participants in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme during the 2018/19 Season take centre stage in a programme of opera extracts.