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Productions

Hansel and Gretel

  • 11–29 December 2018
  • Main Stage

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

Carmen

  • 11–22 December 2018
  • Main Stage

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

The Nutcracker

  • 12 December 2018—15 January 2019
  • Main Stage

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

Cinema Festival

  • 14 December 2018
  • Linbury Theatre

From 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 we celebrate ten years of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season with screenings of great operas and ballets.

Les Patineurs / Winter Dreams / The Concert

  • 18 December 2018—4 January 2019
  • Main Stage

A seasonal celebration of ballet - joyous, intense, serious and comically absurd.

The Queen of Spades

  • 13 January—1 February 2019
  • Main Stage

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
  • Main Stage

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.

TRIO ConcertDance

  • 17–27 January 2019
  • Linbury Theatre

World-renowned ballerina Alessandra Ferri performs an innovative programme with Herman Cornejo and pianist Bruce Levingston exploring the connection between music and dance.

Asphodel Meadows / The Two Pigeons

  • 18 January—13 February 2019
  • Main Stage

Ballets by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett share the stage in this mixed programme with music by Messager and Poulenc.

Katya Kabanova

  • 4–26 February 2019
  • Main Stage

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.

Insights

Insights: In Conversation with Marianela Nuñez

  • 13 December 2018

Join Marianela Nuñez as she reflects on her glittering 20 year career at The Royal Ballet.

Insights: The Queen of Spades

  • 18 December 2018

Find out about The Royal Opera’s new production of The Queen of Spades.

Young ROH Insights: Scandal and Seduction — Introducing Verdi's Controversial Opera

  • 8 January 2019

Dr Flora Wilson explores how Verdi's trailblazing La traviata score reflects the physiological and emotional journey of his female protagonist, Violetta.

Insights: La traviata

  • 9 January 2019

Hear from members of the cast and production team as they prepare for the return of Richard Eyre's La traviata.

Insights: New Work New Music

  • 14 January 2019

Watch choreographers Aletta Collins and Kristen McNally rehearse their new works with dancers of The Royal Ballet.

See all upcoming Insights.

Rehearsals

Friends Rehearsals

  • 18 December 2018—22 February 2019

Friends of Covent Garden have the opportunity to purchase tickets to open rehearsals.

Tours

Backstage Tour

  • 12 December 2018—28 February 2019

Visit the Backstage and Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

Covent Garden Legends and Landmarks Tour

  • 7 January—10 February 2019

Step back into history and discover more about the Royal Opera House and the legends of London’s Theatre Land.

Thurrock Tour

  • 14 December 2018—22 March 2019

Discover the fascinating world of the craftspeople who create stunning costumes, scenery and sets for the Royal Opera House on a tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre.

Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour

  • 7 January—21 March 2019

Whenever visitors see the historic auditorium of the Royal Opera House for the first time, it always amazes them.

Functions

Family Sundays

  • 16 December 2018—14 April 2019

Discover more about opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House in fun-packed Sundays, ideal for all the family, with a range of exciting and creative activities.

Tea Dance

  • 7 January—6 May 2019

Come dancing and cha-cha-cha along to the Royal Opera House Dance Band, in beautiful surroundings that combine grandeur and elegance.

Ballet Studio Live

  • 11 January 2019

Join Royal Ballet dancers as they take class and rehearse in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, transforming the iconic space into a ballet studio for the day.

ROH Young Philanthropists – The Devil and the Philosopher

  • 25 April 2019

Join us at a Royal Opera House Young Philanthropists event for a drinks reception and informal supper around David McVicar’s stunning and electric production of Gounod's Faust.

Workshops

Sing at the Royal Opera House

  • 14 December 2018—12 April 2019

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in and sing in an opera chorus.

Books at Brunch

  • 12 January—6 April 2019

Explore the worlds of opera and ballet through books, with talks from authors, broadcasters, publishers and artists.

Crafternoons

  • 12 January—6 April 2019

Get making and try your hand at some of the techniques used to bring ballet and opera productions to life.

Ballet Dots

  • 14 January—27 May 2019

Discover the world of ballet through creative, fun and sensory dance workshops for children and adults.

Opera Dots

  • 28 January—13 May 2019

Discover the world of opera through fun participatory workshops for children and adults, full of singing, music and stories.

See all upcoming Workshops.

Recitals

Live at Lunch

  • 14 December 2018—31 May 2019

Drop by for free lunchtime performances, featuring Royal Opera House artists and guest artists.

Recitals at Lunch

  • 17 December 2018—27 May 2019

Experience an exciting programme of music in the opulent setting of the historic Royal Opera House Crush Room.