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Winter Season 2014/15

Highlights include a new production of Andrea Chénier starring Jonas Kaufmann, a new production of Verdi’s tragic Un ballo in maschera and The Royal Ballet in John Cranko’s emotionally charged Onegin.

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

30 March 2014 at 10.00pm | 39 Comments

Booking dates

All the booking dates below open at 10am.

View the Royal Opera House 2014-15 Winter Season Seating Plan and Ticket Prices for Friends Priority Booking (PDF 2MB)

View the Royal Opera House 2014-15 Winter Season Seating Plan and Ticket Prices (PDF 1.7MB)

Purchasing tickets as part of a Package will offer the best seat availability and a saving of up to 33%. Find out more about advance booking packages.

Ballet and Dance

Don Quixote
25 November–22 January
By Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
6 December 2014–16 January 2015; Live cinema relay on 16 December
Welcome Performance for Families 6 December
By Christopher Wheeldon
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
6 December 2014–3 January 2015
ZooNation burst onto the stage with their family Christmas show, a wonderfully wacky take on the madcap characters of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

24 January–27 February
By John Cranko
Music: Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
John Cranko’s interpretation of Pushkin’s verse-novel contains some of ballet’s most emotionally charged moments, set to stirring music by Tchaikovsky.

Swan Lake
10 February–9 April; Live cinema relay on 17 March
By Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.

London International Mime Festival (Linbury Studio Theatre)
The acclaimed annual festival returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Murmur / Inked (Linbury Studio Theatre)
23–4 January
By Aakash Odedra
Aakash Odedra dances an exhilarating mixed programme, created in collaboration with choreographers Lewis Major and Damien Jalet.

Draft Works (Linbury Studio Theatre)
24–26 February
By The Royal Ballet
Dancers from within the ranks of The Royal Ballet create and perform experimental new works.

Ballet Black (Linbury Studio Theatre)
10–14 February
The award-winning company presents a dynamic mixed programme from leading choreographers.

Opera and Music

Tristan und Isolde
5–21 December
Richard Wagner
Dir: Christof Loy
Cond: Antonio Pappano
Christof Loy brings intense insight to Wagner’s story of illicit love, told through music of thrilling power.

Un ballo in maschera NEW
18 December 2014–17 January 2015
Giuseppe Verdi
Dir: Katharina Thoma
Cond: Daniel Oren
Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

Orfeo NEW (Roundhouse, Camden)
13–24 January 2015
Claudio Monteverdi
Dir: Michael Boyd / Trans: Don Paterson
Cond: Christian Curnyn

Listen to the Silence – A Journey with John Cage NEW (Linbury Studio Theatre)
30 January–1 February
John Cage
Dir: Wouter Van Looy / Letizia Renzini
Explore the mind-bending world of philosopher composer John Cage in Zonzo Compagnie's award-winning interactive family show.

L'Ormindo (Sam Wanamaker Theatre)
3 February-5 March 2015
Francesco Cavalli
Dir: Kasper Holten
Cond: Christian Curnyn
Experience Baroque music by candlelight in Kasper Holten’s innovative production of Cavalli’s comic opera L'Ormindo, in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe.

Andrea Chénier NEW
20 January–6 February; Live cinema relay on 29 January
Umberto Giordano
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Antonio Pappano
David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano's passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

Der fliegende Holländer
5 –24 February; Live cinema relay on 24 February
Richard Wagner
Dir: Tim Albery
Cond: Andris Nelsons
Tim Albery's acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner's early masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman.

Die Zauberflöte
23 February–11 March
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dir: David McVicar
Cond: Cornelius Meister
Comedy and philosophy unite in Mozart’s glorious The Magic Flute, brought enchantingly to life by David McVicar.

This article has 39 comments

  1. Anne Allison responded on 1 April 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

    What has been planned for the Linbury Theatre over Christmas? My family enormously enjoyed 'The Wind in the Willows'.
    A performance of not much more than an hour suits different age groups!

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 April 2014 at 10:38am

      Hi Ann,

      The Linbury will see a new production staged - The Mad Hatter's T Party. The production is by ZooNation and is a wacky take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Suzy responded on 14 April 2014 at 9:44pm Reply

    Are you going to be staging 'The Nutcracker' this year? I can't wait to take my son. At 7 he's starting to understand the depths of the story.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 15 April 2014 at 7:40am

      Dear Suzy

      No Nutcracker this year. Over Christmas we will be performing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Don Quixote and The Mad Hatter's T Party.

      Best wishes


  3. lois higgins responded on 18 May 2014 at 4:47am Reply

    I will be in Londonfrom20 dec till 27 2014. I would love to see carlos acosta in don quixote. Will it be on and will he be dancingat that time? Lois from Australia

  4. Helen Dixon responded on 17 June 2014 at 12:14pm Reply

    I have been coming to Covent Garden since I was ten. My grandson will be nearly 7 by christmas and I would like to bring him to see Alice in Wonderland. Has anyone got an idea about the best seats for a child?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 June 2014 at 4:04pm

      Dear Helen

      How wonderful - it really is a lovely ballet for a first-timer!

      I would say that it would be ideal to sit at the front of the Amphitheatre, in the Stalls or Stalls Circle, in order to be close to the action. We now offer Family Packages, which allow you to book in advance, and also purchase children's tickets for half price:

      You can buy Stalls sets online, but Amphitheatre Packages can currently only be booked through the Box Office. This is something that we are working to change.

      Best wishes


  5. marilyn jones responded on 2 July 2014 at 10:35am Reply


    I walk with a crutch and would love to see Alice In Wonderland this winter,so the stalls would be better for me .what would be the first chance I could secure a seat (time and date of opening booking lines)Ibought the dvd from your shop last weekend whilst at a lunchtime concert.l have to travel from Cornwall.Guide of price would be appreciated

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 3 July 2014 at 9:43am

      Dear Marilyn

      General booking opens for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at 10am on 15 July, but it might be worth ringing the Box Office (020 7304 4000) ahead of time to get their advice on the best seats for your requirements - they are very helpful and know the auditorium better than we do on the website.

      Here is the seating plan for the Autumn Season, including prices:

      Hope that you get the ticket you want - it's a wonderful show live!

      Best wishes


  6. Felicity Luke responded on 11 July 2014 at 11:39am Reply

    When will Friends be able to book the total opera package for the Winter season?

  7. Alison Townsend responded on 20 July 2014 at 9:03am Reply

    Re Plácido Domingo and Antonio Pappano in conversation, Sunday 12 October, 6pm.
    For those who won't be in London and probably without access to a computer on the day, are there plans to make this conversation available on YouTube for viewing and listening at a later date?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 20 July 2014 at 8:38pm

      Hi Alison,

      Keep an eye on these pages, as any events like these will be communicated on here once confirmed.


      ROH Content Producer

  8. Margarita Fuquay responded on 6 August 2014 at 1:06am Reply

    I am a childhood friend of Beatriz Stix-Brunell's mother since we were both 6 six years old in Colombia where we're both from. I want to see Beatriz perform on stage and would like to know what ballets she will be dancing principal roles so that I can make travel arrangements from Florida to go see her.

  9. June Crown responded on 18 August 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

    I can see that booking for opera packages starts on September 18th, but when will you set out the package options?

  10. Ann Thomas responded on 3 September 2014 at 11:01am Reply

    Pleas don't go another Christmas without Nutcracker.

    NUTCRACKER is Christmas.

    Ann Thomas

  11. Dear Ellen,

    Please can you let me know when the Swan Lake tickets might go on sale and what is the best way to aquire 6 tickets. thank you, alka

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 18 September 2014 at 9:25pm

      Dear Alka

      Swan Lake will go on sale at 10am on 21 October. If some of the members of your party are children, however, you may be interested in our Family Packages, which will save you money and also open earlier: on 14 October.

      Here is the Family Package for the Amphitheatre:
      Here is the Stalls Family Package:

      If you do go ahead, you will need to choose between Die Zauberflöte and Swan Lake.

      Best wishes


  12. Michael Messenger responded on 19 September 2014 at 2:37pm Reply

    Do single tickets have to be booked online or via telephone by Friends during the concessionary period or can it be done in person at the box office?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 19 September 2014 at 5:19pm

      Dear Michael

      Single tickets cannot be booked by Friends of Covent Garden until booking opens next week. At present only Advance Packages are open. Here's the list of dates for Winter Season:

      Let us know if you have any more questions.

      Best wishes


  13. I can't find the exact performance dates for Jan/Febr, only the general period; e.g. the Wagner is given as 5-21 Jan. But which precise days? Living out of London I need to plan accommodation well in advance. Thanks for your help.

  14. Katherine Youn responded on 27 September 2014 at 10:09am Reply

    When will be the Dreas Rehearsl date for Der filegende Hollander? I am a Friend of ROH and coming from NY to see Andrea Chenier and Hollander, staying London 1 week Feb 1st to 7th, would like to know if I can see DR for Hollandar, and if then how can get ticket? Thank you!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 28 September 2014 at 11:34pm

      Dear Katherine

      The Hollander dress rehearsal is on 2 February, so your timing is impeccable!

      Booking opens for Friends of Covent Garden at 10am BST on 30 September.

      Best wishes


  15. Derek Moore responded on 29 September 2014 at 9:42am Reply

    How do I book online for dress rehearsals? I cant see them listed anywhere for the winter programme and booking opens tomorrow for Friends.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 30 September 2014 at 10:17am

      Hi Derek,

      As with other performances, when logged in you'll be able to see available rehearsals at (scroll down for details).


      ROH Content Producer

  16. Thomas Pennant responded on 30 September 2014 at 10:19am Reply

    It's 10:18 BST on 30 September, but I can't find how to book Winter rehearsals.

  17. Rita responded on 20 October 2014 at 11:54am Reply


    I was wondering if there are any student offers in the winter season? From what I've seen there aren't but I wasn't sure.

    Thank you,


    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 23 October 2014 at 10:24am

      Hi Rita

      The student performance for Winter Season is Swan Lake on 18 March. You can see a link to it here (and other Student performances coming up) on the student page:

      Do register if you haven't already to be notified of events.

      Best wishes


  18. Paloma responded on 20 October 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

    I was so excited to see a revival of Loy's Tristan & Isolde... but why the 5pm curtain on weekdays?! That makes it almost impossible for anyone working standard office hours to attend. That's very inconvenient, in my view, especially as there are only 2 weekend performances scheduled. When I attended the production when it opened I recall it was a 6pm start, giving us office workers at least a chance...

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 23 October 2014 at 1:03pm

      Dear Paloma

      Curtain up times and more especially curtain down times are something that we spend a lot of time considering. We usually plan to end performances between 10 and 10.30pm. The running time of the Tristan performances is expected to be just over 5 hours so that means a curtain up time of 5pm. Of course this is not convenient for everyone, but because of the running time Wagner is usually considered a special case and most opera houses of our size schedule Tristan at 5pm – or even 4pm in many cases. All previous performances of this production began at 5pm apart from a Sunday performance which was at 3pm. I do hope that you will be able to make one of the performances, as you say we have two Sunday performances this time, last time there was only one.

      Best wishes


  19. Patrick Perrella responded on 21 October 2014 at 9:31am Reply

    I would like to ask if the Winter Season Programme Brochure (which you have printed in the house) is also available as download? That would be great.
    Thank you and best regards from Switzerland

  20. cathy bolton responded on 24 October 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

    Is there going to be a cinema relay of the new production of un ballo in maschera?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 25 October 2014 at 8:32pm

      Dear Cathy

      I am afraid that there will not be a cinema relay of Un ballo in maschera. We can only broadcast a certain number of our productions and I'm afraid that Ballo is not among them in the current Season.

      Best wishes


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