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Guide to the Royal Opera House Summer Season 2012/13

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

27 February 2013 at 10.52am | 20 Comments

Booking days

View our Summer Season Seating Plan (PDF 1MB).

Details of our Advanced Summer Packages:



The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Ramin Gray
14 June – 22 June
Lively and inventive, the score includes everything from smashing plates to megaphones, and Ramin Gray’s production promises to be just as imaginative as the music.

Simon Boccanegra by Guiseppe Verdi (Main Stage)
Dir: Elijah Moshinsky
27 June – 16 July
'Renowned baritone Thomas Hampson will perform as the Doge of Genoa in one of Verdi’s most compelling works, a role he recently performed to acclaim with Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
Dir: Pedro Ribeiro
30 June
Featuring scenes from 2012/13 Season productions.

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (Main Stage)
Dir: Jonathan Kent
2 March – 20 July
Drama and passion combine in this turbulent production of Puccini’s classic, set in 19th-century Rome.

La rondine by Giacomo Puccini (Main Stage)
Dir: Nicolas Joël
5 July – 21 July
A sumptuous production with sensational sets, it will bring the glamour of 1920s Paris to the main stage.

The Canticles by Benjamin Britten (Linbury Studio Theatre)
Dir: Neil Bartlett
10 July – 12 July
Five miniature musical gems, The Canticles are the perfect demonstration of Britten’s talent as an opera composer.

Capriccio in Concert by Richard Strauss (Main Stage)
19 July  – 21 July
Featuring universally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming.


Mayerling (Main Stage)
19 April - 15 June
Adult drama meets sublime choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece. A story of passion and madness based on historical fact.

Hansel and Gretel (Linbury Studio Theatre)
8 May – 11 May
Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett presents his first full-length work in the Linbury, a dark re-telling of the Grimm Brothers' classic fairytale.

Witch Hunt (Linbury Studio Theatre)
22 May – 25 May
Cathy Marston brings a new full-length work to the Linbury with Bern: Ballet.  Based on the harrowing tale of Anna Göldi, the ‘last witch in Europe’, it promises to be a powerful piece.

Mixed Programme: Raven Girl/Symphony in C (Main Stage)
24 May – 8 June
George Balanchine’s masterpiece Symphony in C will be performed alongside Raven Girl, a brand new work by The Royal Ballet's Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, created in collaboration with award-winning author Audrey Niffenegger.

Blood (Linbury Studio Theatre)
27 June & 28 June
Choreographer/dancer Jean Abreu explores the raw experience of being alive through a multimedia production that draws on images by acclaimed artists Gilbert & George. The score is by Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic.

Royal Ballet School Summer Performance (Main Stage)
14 July
From students as young as 11 to graduates, dancers from the Royal Ballet School take to the main stage to showcase the breadth of talent.

Throughout July and August, the Bolshoi Ballet will also be performing in Covent Garden. Find out more about the Bolshoi's residency.

To accompany the productions on-stage, Royal Opera House Restaurants are providing menus tailored specially for each production. Find out more closer to the time in our Restaurants and Bars section.

This article has 20 comments

  1. Karen responded on 14 March 2013 at 9:33am Reply

    Congratulation to ROH - the Friends booking yesterday was faultless - at least for me it was and I hope for everyone else. Took a little time to get there but you got there in the end. Bravo.

  2. A most unhelpful article. I scrolled down the Ballet section to check dates for 'Mayerling' and there was not a single mention of it. In fact the ballets that were mentioned were mostly for other venues - really appropriate for a ROH website.

  3. D.B. Budai responded on 9 April 2013 at 2:24pm Reply

    I do aprreciate your attention. Regarding I live in Hungary, I'll visit the ROH in November., when I'll be in London.

  4. Dan Dennis responded on 9 April 2013 at 5:13pm Reply

    Why has 'a guide to the summer/spring season' only got *some* of the shows listed? It does not even list the one that it has the photos for. Such a badly arranged website

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 September 2013 at 3:12pm

      Hi Dan,

      Certain productions may have not been included as they were not open for booking.

      Sorry you experienced difficulties.


      Content Producer

  5. Gerit Hidding responded on 10 April 2013 at 10:01am Reply

    Quite helpful for the summer events toknow.
    But what about September programms?
    We shall be in the Uk in September and would like to book
    well in advance. Please help.
    Gerit Hidding (Mrs.)

  6. Peter Eldrett responded on 29 April 2013 at 9:11am Reply

    No Michael Tippett . . . again!

  7. Elizabeth responded on 9 May 2013 at 12:00pm Reply

    I will be in London from 22-25th August but I couldn't find anything advertised at t he ROH on these dates. I will be staying nearby and am particularly interested in ballet. I am coming from Australia.
    With thanks,

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 May 2013 at 12:10pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      We're afraid we're closed for our Summer break during this time. Sorry!

      Digital Content Producer

  8. brad sandy responded on 10 May 2013 at 1:47pm Reply

    we'll be in town sept 10 - 16 2013 are there any events that week?

  9. maureen fairley responded on 14 May 2013 at 9:33am Reply

    i think your website could be easier to use - to find out what is on and when - as opposed to a lot of discussion

  10. Michelle responded on 28 May 2013 at 5:24pm Reply

    We will be in London Aug 5-7, and I am looking for ballet performances. Can you tell me if there will be anything?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 30 May 2013 at 7:34pm

      Hi Michelle

      The Royal Ballet will be on tour in August, but The Bolshoi Ballet will be performing The Sleeping Beauty at the ROH on the dates that you mention:

      Best wishes


  11. Lyuba responded on 12 June 2013 at 8:32am Reply

    Is there no performance during the second part of August?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 12 June 2013 at 10:04am

      Hi Lyuba.

      We're closed for our short summer break before opening again in September.

      Digital Content Producer

  12. RICHARD IRVING responded on 24 June 2013 at 1:28am Reply

    Any information on Casting for the 4 performances of Manon in Monaco, please ?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 24 June 2013 at 11:40am

      Hi Richard,

      Casting for Monaco performances is as a follows:

      27 June - Leanne Benjamin as Manon, Carlos Acosta as Des Grieux, Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M.
      28 June - Marianela Nunez as Manon, Nehemiah Kish as Des Grieux, Thiago Soares as Lescaut, Gary Avis as Monsieur G.M.
      29 June (Mat) - Roberta Marquez as Manon, Steven McRae as Des Grieux, Richardo Cervera as Lescaut, Bennet Gartside as Monsieur G.M.
      29 June (Eve) - Mara Galeazzi as Manon, Edward Watson as Des Grieux, Brian Maloney as Lescaut, Gary Avis as Monsieur G.M.


      Digital Content Producer

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