New Dark Age

24 October 2020, 7.30pm
The performance will last approxmately 1 hour 45 minutes.
Main Stage
Opera and music

The Royal Opera perform a brand new, all-female-produced programme – buy your ticket to watch one of our first socially distanced performances on our Main Stage. New Dark Age will feature some of the most acclaimed women in opera, music and theatre.

The performance will open with composer Hannah Kendall's The Knife of Dawn, directed by critically acclaimed, award-winning director Ola Ince, featuring baritone Peter Brathwaite, conducted by Jonathon Heyward.

Katie Mitchell will then present a new, all-female-produced work - A New Dark Age – showcasing works by three composers: Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Buying tickets

Seats are being allocated to ensure safe social distancing for all audience members. The maximum amount of seats that can be purchased is two. There are a limited amount of single seats available. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Although every effort has been made to ensure the best views, some seats may be subject to restricted viewing.

You can choose an area of the auditorium in which to sit and a pricing zone – we will then send you your seat number(s) with your confirmation email. No paper tickets will be issued for this event. After receiving your confirmation email you will receive an e-ticket with your seat number. You can also find your ticket within the My Account area.

Safety information

We are working hard to keep our audiences and staff safe. We ask that you please:

Follow the one way system, and instructions from staff

Wear a mask at all times

Keep distance from those around you.

Find out more


The performance will also be broadcast online and available to watch from 7.30pm BST Saturday 24 October. Buy access to the stream now.


Conductor (The Knife of Dawn)Jonathon Heyward

Conductor (A New Dark Age)Natalie Murray Beale

SopranoNadine Benjamin

SopranoAnna Dennis

Mezzo-sopranoSusan Bickley

Baritone (The Knife of Dawn)Peter Brathwaite


Director (The Knife of Dawn)Ola Ince

Director (A New Dark Age)Katie Mitchell

Composer (The Knife of Dawn)Hannah Kendall

Composer (A New Dark Age)Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith and Anna Thorvaldsdottir

DesignerVicki Mortimer

Lighting DesignerAdam Silverman

Sound designerSimon Hendry

Video designer (The Knife of Dawn)Akhila Krishnan

Video director (The Knife of Dawn)Grant Gee


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