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  • In the Night

    • 29 May—4 June 2015

    Jerome Robbins’s ballet, accompanied by Chopin’s piano nocturnes, hints at chandelier-lit ballrooms and romantic rendezvous.

  • Song of the Earth

    • 29 May—4 June 2015

    MacMillan's powerful exploration in ballet of love, loss and renewal is set to Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

  • Afternoon of a Faun

    • 29 May—4 June 2015

    Jerome Robbins’s poignant setting of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d’un faune is a modern ballet classic.

  • Chance to Dance / Youth Opera Company

    • 30–31 May 2015

    In this mixed programme by young performers of the Royal Opera House, the Youth Opera Company performs three new commissions and the Chance to Dance Company gives a retelling of La Fille mal gardée.

  • La bohème

    • 30 May—16 July 2015

    A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera, told in vivid detail in this classic production.

  • Ballet Central

    • 1 June 2015

    Ballet Central offers an exciting programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance from a mixture of highly acclaimed and emerging choreographers, newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals.

  • Verve

    • 2 June 2015

    The Northern School of Contemporary Dance presents its annual post-graduate performance.

  • La traviata

    • 3 June—4 July 2015

    Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

    • 3 June 2015

    Rambert School returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a programme featuring an excerpt from La Bayadère and Swan Lake.

  • Dutch National Ballet

    • 5–6 June 2015

    Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company present a journey through dance history from the classics to new works created especially for the Junior Company.

  • Don Giovanni

    • 12 June—3 July 2015

    ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten directs a mesmerizing reading of Mozart’s tragicomedy.

  • Dot, Squiggle and Rest

    • 13–21 June 2015

    The award-winning Polka Theatre presents their new children's opera, in collaboration with The Royal Opera's former Composer in Residence, Elspeth Brooke.

  • The Corridor / The Cure

    • 18–27 June 2015

    A double programme of chamber operas celebrates the work of Harrison Birtwistle, marking his 80th birthday.

  • Guillaume Tell

    • 29 June—17 July 2015

    Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

  • The Royal Ballet School Summer Performances

    • 1–4 July 2015

    The Royal Ballet School presents a summer showcase of dance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, designed to display the full range of the School's talent.

  • Falstaff

    • 6–18 July 2015

    Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and joie de vivre.

  • 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 – broadcast 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

    Hofesh Shechter and John Fulljames co-direct a new production of Gluck’s opera, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    • 15 September—14 October 2015

    Revolution is in the air in David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s glorious comic opera.

  • 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

    Martha Clarke’s impassioned work of dance-theatre, inspired by Colette’s novels, charts the doomed love affair between a woman and a man half her age in belle-époque Paris.

  • 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

    Grand passions and comedy collide to wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s inventive opera.

  • Carmen

    • 19 October—30 November 2015

    Francesca Zambello’s production of Bizet’s much-loved opera sets the stage alight with Spanish heat and gypsy passion.

  • 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

    Keith Warner directs a new production of Luigi Rossi’s 17th-century opera, in the unique candlelit space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Georg Friedrich Haas’s new commission for The Royal Opera, Morning and Evening, is based on a novel by Jon Fosse and directed by Graham Vick.

  • 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.

  • 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.