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  • Madama Butterfly

    • The Royal Opera
    • 25 April 2017

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

  • The Exterminating Angel

    • The Royal Opera
    • 27 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

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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

    • The Royal Opera
    • 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.

  • Sukanya at Curve, Leicester

    • 12 May 2017

    The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

  • Sukanya at The Lowry, Salford

    • 14 May 2017

    The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

  • Sukanya at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    • 15 May 2017

    The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

  • Strapless

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 18–31 May 2017

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

  • Symphonic Dances

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 18–31 May 2017

    The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence creates a new one-act ballet for the Company, to Rachmaninoff’s great final work.

  • Sukanya at Royal Festival Hall, London

    • 19 May 2017

    The iconic Indian musician Ravi Shankar is celebrated in a major new touring project, a co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

  • Chance to Dance

    • 21 May 2017

    The annual performance from the Royal Opera House’s company that offers children the opportunity to experience dance creatively, this year inspired by Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.

  • L'elisir d'amore

    • The Royal Opera
    • 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 Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

  • Marguerite and Armand

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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

    • The Royal Ballet
    • 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.

  • Chance to Dance

    • 3 June 2017

    The annual performance from the Royal Opera House’s company that offers children the opportunity to experience dance creatively, this year inspired by Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.

  • La traviata

    • 14 June—4 July 2017

    Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead two excellent casts in Richard Eyre’s much-loved production of Verdi’s most famous opera.

  • Otello

    • The Royal Opera
    • 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

    • The Royal Opera
    • 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

    • The Royal Opera
    • 5–16 July 2017

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

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2017

    • 9 July 2017

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

  • Woman at Point Zero and Four Arab Composers

    • 13 July 2017

    The Royal Opera and Shubbak Festival in association with Abu Dhabi Festival present works by five composers from the Arab world in a special event at LSO St Luke’s.

  • Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2017

    • 16 July 2017

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

  • The Merchant of Venice

    • Welsh National Opera
    • 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.

  • Don Quixote

    • 24 July—5 August 2017

    The Mariinsky Ballet’s London season opens with the company’s sparkling production of Petipa and Gorsky’s exuberant classic.

  • Swan Lake

    • 27 July—7 August 2017

    The Mariinsky Ballet dances Konstantin Sergeyev’s classic production of Tchaikovsky’s romantic masterpiece.

  • Anna Karenina

    • 3–4 August 2017

    The Mariinsky Ballet presents the highly anticipated revival of Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed Tolstoy adaptation.

  • Contrasts

    • 8–9 August 2017

    The Mariinsky Ballet dances a mixed programme of Alonso’s Carmen Suite, McGregor’s Infra and Petipa’s Paquita Grand pas.

  • La Bayadère

    • 10–12 August 2017

    The Mariinsky Ballet dance Petipa’s great classical ballet of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption.

  • La bohème

    • 11 September—10 October 2017

    Antonio Pappano conducts a superb young cast including Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano and Mariusz Kwiecień in Richard Jones’s new production of Puccini’s passionate opera.

  • Die Zauberflöte

    • 12 September—14 October 2017

    Julia Jones conducts The Royal Opera’s gorgeous production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with two wonderful casts including Roderick Williams as Papageno and Janai Brugger as Pamina.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    • 27 September—28 October 2017

    Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

  • Les Vêpres siciliennes

    • 12 October—4 November 2017

    Verdi’s spectacular grand opera is conducted by Maurizio Benini with a cast including Malin Byström and Rachele Stanisci, Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott.

  • Jeux

    • 18–24 October 2017

    As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work.

  • Concerto

    • Birmingham Royal Ballet
    • 18–19 October 2017

    Birmingham Royal Ballet dances Kenneth MacMillan’s joyous and virtuoso ballet, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • Elite Syncopations

    • 18–19 October 2017

    The Royal Ballet and guest companies dance MacMillan’s fun and frothy ragtime ballet as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • Le Baiser de la fée

    • 18–19 October 2017

    Scottish Ballet dances Kenneth MacMillan’s dark, dreamlike Stravinsky ballet, in a new production designed by Gary Harris as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • Song of the Earth

    • 24 October—1 November 2017

    English National Ballet dances MacMillan’s powerful exploration of love, loss and renewal, set to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde – part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • The Judas Tree

    • 24 October—1 November 2017

    The Royal Ballet performs MacMillan’s complex and controversial work on guilt and betrayal in a compromised time, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • Sea of Troubles

    • 26 October—1 November 2017

    As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

  • Gloria

    • 26–27 October 2017

    Northern Ballet dances MacMillan’s powerful evocation of the horrors of war, set to Poulenc and inspired by Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth – part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    • 30 October—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.

  • La Tragédie de Carmen

    • 3–14 November 2017

    The youthful stars of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme perform Peter Brook’s radical reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera in the intimate setting of Wilton’s Music Hall.

  • Untouchable

    • 6–17 November 2017

    Hofesh Shechter’s first work for a major ballet company – a powerful piece for the corps de ballet – receives its first revival.

  • The Illustrated 'Farewell'

    • 6–17 November 2017

    Twyla Tharp creates a new work for The Royal Ballet to Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony, expanding on her 1973 work As Time Goes By.

  • The Wind

    • 6–17 November 2017

    Arthur Pita creates a new work for The Royal Ballet based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired, with a newly commissioned score by his regular collaborator Frank Moon.

  • Semiramide

    • 19 November—16 December 2017

    Antonio Pappano conducts Rossini’s epic tragedy with a cast including Joyce DiDonato, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee in a new production by David Alden.

  • 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.

  • Cavalleria rusticana

    • 29 November 2017—13 January 2018

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

  • Pagliacci

    • 29 November 2017—13 January 2018

    Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning production sets Leoncavallo’s thrilling opera of a violent jealousy in contemporary Sicily.

  • 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 Dmitri Hvorostovsky and 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.

  • 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 Teodor Currentzis conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White.

  • The Age of Anxiety

    • 15 March—13 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—13 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—13 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Swan Lake

    • 17 May—21 June 2018

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.