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    La traviata

    • 19 April–20 May 2014

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

    The Winter's Tale

    • 22 April–8 May 2014

    The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.


    • 22–25 April 2014

    David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.


    • 22–24 April 2014

    HeadSpaceDance – with Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon – returns to the Linbury with a vibrant new programme of work by contemporary choreographers.

    Ex nihilo/The Human Edge

    • 29–30 April 2014

    Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Mayuri Boonham creates two world premieres in the Linbury Studio Theatre on dancers from The Royal Ballet and ATMA Dance.

    Le nozze di Figaro

    • The Royal Opera
    • 2–15 May 2014

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

    Street Stories

    • 3 May 2014

    Thirty young East Londoners perform new interpretations of Faust, created by emerging artists: choreographer Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, composer Alex Groves and designer Kelli Des Jarlais.

    Side by Side

    • 4 May 2014

    An enticing programme of opera and ballet classics performed by young musicians from Southbank Sinfonia, mentored by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.


    • 6 May 2014

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

    Northern Ballet

    • 8–10 May 2014

    One of the UK's top ballet companies visits the Linbury Studio Theatre with a captivating mixed programme.


    • 10 May–26 June 2014

    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.

    Ballet Central

    • 11 May 2014

    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.


    • 14–26 May 2014

    The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.

    Sweet Violets

    • 14–26 May 2014

    Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.

    DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

    • 14–26 May 2014

    Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.

    The Measures Taken

    • 15–16 May 2014

    Cutting-edge technology and thrilling choreography meet in a double programme from Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate Alexander Whitley, featuring a world premiere.

    Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

    • 19 May 2014

    Students of the Rambert School dance a diverse programme of works by both students and established choreographers.

    Dutch National Ballet

    • 28–29 May 2014

    Dutch National Ballet's new Junior Company performs a mixed programme of classical, contemporary and new works.

    Dialogues des Carmélites

    • 29 May–11 June 2014

    Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s sublime opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

    The Dream

    • 31 May–13 June 2014

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

    The Concert

    • 31 May–13 June 2014

    Jerome Robbins holds a mirror up to audiences everywhere in this exuberant comic ballet, set to Chopin’s well-loved piano music.

    New Marriott

    • 31 May–13 June 2014

    The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer and Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott.

    Draft Works

    • 2–4 June 2014

    Dancers from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet create and perform experimental new works.

    Musical Rumpus: The Mountain Shakers

    • 17–18 June 2014

    Spitalfields Music present Handel's Acis and Galatea in an enchanting adaptation for toddlers.

    Manon Lescaut

    • 17 June–7 July 2014

    Puccini’s first triumph returns to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent.


    • 18–28 June 2014

    John Fulljames directs Luca Francesconi's acclaimed opera, based on Heiner Müller's vision of Les Liaisons dangereuses.

    Ariadne auf Naxos

    • 25 June–13 July 2014

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

    The Royal Ballet School Summer Performances

    • 2–5 July 2014

    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.

    Maria Stuarda

    • 5–18 July 2014

    Two queens become bitter rivals in Donizetti’s tragic opera, given a new staging by directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.

    La bohème

    • 9–19 July 2014

    A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. John Copley's production brings 19th-century Paris to the stage in vivid detail.

    The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance

    • 12 July 2014

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

    Gloria – A Pigtale

    • 16–19 July 2014

    The opposite of love is a sausage – at least in the blackly satirical world of H.K. Gruber's madcap cabaret opera.

    JPYA Summer Performance

    • 20 July 2014

    The Royal Opera’s stars of tomorrow take to the main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.


    • 21–23 July 2014

    Carlos Acosta presents a vibrant mixed programme featuring works from leading Cuban artists accompanied by a live Cuban band.

    Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature

    • 22–26 July 2014

    New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan collaborates with four young choreographers to create a suite of duets.

    Moses und Aron

    • 25–26 July 2014

    Welsh National Opera perform Schoenberg's unfinished masterpiece.

    Nobody's Baby

    • 27 July 2014

    Arthur Pita, creator of the award-winning The Metamorphosis, presents a unique new piece of dance theatre in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

    Romeo and Juliet

    • 28–31 July 2014

    The Mariinsky season opens with Lavrovsky and Prokofiev's iconic telling of Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers.

    Swan Lake

    • 1–14 August 2014

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

    Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • 8–9 August 2014

    The Mariinsky performs two Balanchine masterpieces, with music by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

    The Firebird / Marguerite and Armand / Concerto DSCH

    • 11–12 August 2014

    The Mariinsky dances a spectacular mixed programme with works by Fokine, Ashton and Ratmansky.


    • 15–16 August 2014

    Ratmansky's first full-length ballet, commissioned by the Mariinsky. A contemporary retelling of Perrault's fairytale, set to Prokofiev's score.

    Anna Nicole

    • 11–24 September 2014

    Sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera draws on the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.


    • 12 September–6 October 2014

    The corruption of innocence is at the heart of David McVicar's production of Verdi's potent tragedy.

    Il barbiere di Siviglia

    • 19 September–5 October 2014

    Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Rossini’s sparkling comedy is full of wit and energy.


    • 26 September–1 November 2014

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

    The Trial

    • 10–18 October 2014

    Philip Glass, one of the world's most popular contemporary composers, creates a new work for Music Theatre Wales based on Kafka's nightmarish novel.

    I due Foscari

    • 14 October–2 November 2014

    A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.

    Scènes de ballet

    • 18 October–12 November 2014

    Frederick Ashton's chic and brilliant ballet delights in a dazzling Stravinsky score.

    Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan

    • 18 October–12 November 2014

    Ashton celebrates a great pioneer of modern dance in five atmospheric vignettes set to Brahms's piano waltzes.

    Symphonic Variations

    • 18 October–12 November 2014

    Ashton's seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement.

    A Month in the Country

    • 18 October–12 November 2014

    Ashton captures the mood of Turgenev's play through exquisite dance in this poignant tale of unrequited love.

    Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

    • 23–24 October 2014

    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.


    • 30 October–1 November 2014

    Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and singer songwriter Ana Silvera present a poignant exploration of what it is to be called mad.


    • 3–24 November 2014

    Love and sacrifice vie in Mozart's sublime early masterpiece, directed by Martin Kušej in his UK debut.

    Ceremony of Innocence

    • 7–17 November 2014

    Kim Brandstrup's elegiac response to Benjamin Britten is a tale of lost youth and corrupted innocence.

    The Age of Anxiety

    • 7–17 November 2014

    Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett creates a new narrative ballet for the Company.


    • 7–17 November 2014

    Christopher Wheeldon's Olivier Award-winning ballet celebrates Benjamin Britten and remembers the fallen.


    • 14–22 November 2014

    Danish-German composer Søren Nils Eichberg presents a taut operatic thriller about trust and reality.

    L'elisir d'amore

    • 18 November–13 December 2014

    Laurent Pelly's acclaimed production of Donizetti's opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine.

    Don Quixote

    • 25 November 2014–22 January 2015

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

    Mapping / New Christopher Bruce / Document

    • 25–29 November 2014

    Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a mixed programme including a Christopher Bruce premiere and works by Darshan Singh Bhuller and the choreographic duo Ivgi & Grebem.

    Tristan und Isolde

    • 5–21 December 2014

    Christof Loy brings intense insight to Wagner’s story of illicit love, told through music of thrilling power.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • 6 December 2014–16 January 2015

    Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

    Un ballo in maschera

    • 18 December 2014–17 January 2015

    Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

    Andrea Chénier

    • 20 January–6 February 2015

    David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

    Murmur / Inked

    • 23–24 January 2015

    Dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra presents an exhilarating mixed programme, created in collaboration with choreographers Lewis Major and Damien Jalet.


    • 24 January–27 February 2015

    John Cranko’s adaptation of Pushkin’s verse-novel, set to music by Tchaikovsky, trembles with emotional charge.

    Der fliegende Holländer

    • 5–24 February 2015

    Tim Albery's acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner's early masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman.

    Swan Lake

    • 10 February–9 April 2015

    Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.

    Die Zauberflöte

    • 23 February–11 March 2015

    Comedy and philosophy unite in Mozart’s glorious The Magic Flute, brought enchantingly to life by David McVicar.

    Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

    • 10 March–4 April 2015

    John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned satire on consumerism.

    Madama Butterfly

    • 20 March–9 April 2015

    East meets West with devastating effect in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s poignant opera.

    The Bayadère Project

    • 25–28 March 2015

    In a new Royal Opera House commission Shobana Jeyasingh reimagines Marius Petipa's India-set classical ballet.

    The Four Temperaments

    • 27 March–14 April 2015

    Balanchine created a new style of ballet in this radiant and challenging piece, one of his greatest works.

    New Hofesh Shechter

    • 27 March–14 April 2015

    Hofesh Shechter bring his visceral, urgent language to The Royal Ballet in his first work for the Company.

    Il turco in Italia

    • 11–27 April 2015

    Rossini's irresistible comedy glows with Fellini-esque glamour in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's sun-drenched production.

    La Fille mal gardée

    • 16 April–5 May 2015

    Frederick Ashton's joyful ballet contains some of his most brilliant choreography.

    Król Roger

    • 1–19 May 2015

    Kasper Holten presents a new production of Szymanowski's sumptuously scored meditation on identity and desire, King Roger.

    Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    • 4 May 2015

    Antonio Pappano conducts a captivating programme that celebrates the award-winning Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

    Woolf Works

    • 11–26 May 2015

    Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his first full-length ballet for the Company.

    The Architect / new mixed programme

    • 14–20 May 2015

    One of the UK's leading touring companies visits the Linbury Studio Theatre with a mixed programme.

    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 classic.

    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.

    Don Giovanni

    • 12 June–3 July 2015

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

    Guillaume Tell

    • 29 June–17 July 2015

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


    • 6–18 July 2015

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

    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, in an extravaganza of operatic song.

    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.