In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided with a heavy heart to close the Royal Opera House to the public on 16 March 2020. With the health and safety of our audience, artists and staff as our first priority, we have decided to extend this closure for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, all performances of productions which were to open prior to this date have now been cancelled. Some other later productions – listed below – have also been cancelled.

Ticket options

We will contact all ticket buyers as soon as possible to discuss donating all or part of your ticket(s) cost, credits towards future tickets or refunds. We are working hard to process requests as swiftly as possible. Please allow up to 60 days for us to process your cancellation from the date we receive your request. All refunds are being made back to the original method of payment. You will receive an email once your refund has been processed. If you have not heard from us after 60 days and cannot locate your refund please contact us at

Many thanks for your patience during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as is safe to do so.

As of 27 April 2020, the following productions are cancelled:

Live Fire Exercise / Prodigal Son / Corybantic Games

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Swan Lake

Tristan und Isolde

The Dante Project

La bohème


Spring Gala


Tombeaux / Monotones I and II / Symphonic Dances

The Turn of the Screw

Lucia di Lammermoor

Next Generation Festival

Anna Netrebko and Antonio Pappano Recital

Madama Butterfly

Royal Ballet School Summer Performance

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance

Don Carlo

She Described it to Death


WNO: The Nightingale / Bluebeard's Castle

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition

All events, tours, Insights and schools’ events are cancelled for the remainder of the Season. Please note that upcoming cinema screenings are also cancelled. If you have tickets to a cinema screening, you will need to contact the cinema directly.

Support us

The COVID-19 global crisis has had an immediate and serious financial impact for us. We have lost £3 in every £5 of our income – generating revenue from tickets, retail, catering and events is no longer possible. Your help is urgently needed to keep the Royal Opera House community together. Our priority is to sustain our community of world-class dancers, singers, musicians, craftspeople and other backstage staff through these challenging times. Please consider making a contribution. Your generosity is truly appreciated and brings us closer to welcoming you back through our doors. Thank you.

Open 24/7

Now, more than ever, our Royal Opera House community is looking towards the beauty, joy and escapism found in ballet, opera, dance and music. Although our Covent Garden home is temporarily closed, we are open for you 24/7 online. We are bringing our House to your house through a programme of productions streamed online on Friday evenings, as well as live content from our artists and staff. Enjoy the Royal Opera House for free, wherever you are across the globe.


I want to thank you for streaming these productions. I have connected with people from around the world in ways I never imagined possible.Alan, from Norfolk, who donated to support the Royal Opera House community