Julia-Bullock ©Allison Michael Orenstein


31 January16 February 2022
Main Stage
Opera and music

The Royal Opera continues its celebration of the operas and oratorios Handel wrote for Covent Garden with a new production of his late masterpiece, Theodora, in which love transcends political tyranny. Theodora is persecuted for her religious beliefs, but her virtue inspires the devotion of one of her oppressors.

Joyce DiDonato and rising stars Julia Bullock and Jakub Józef Orliński lead an international cast of baroque specialists with some of Handel’s greatest choruses, matched in brilliance by arias and duets of profound dignity and humanity. Director Katie Mitchell views the story through the lens of contemporary religious terrorism, and gives a modern, feminist context to a work not heard at Covent Garden since 1750.

Sung in English with English surtitles

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Charles Holloway, Crevan O'Grady and Jane McClenahan, Susan and John Singer and Tina Taylor

A co-production with:

Teatro Real, Madrid



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicGeorge Frideric Handel

LibrettoThomas Morell

DirectorKatie Mitchell

Set designerChloe Lamford

Costume designerSussie Juhlin-Wallén

Lighting designerJames Farncombe

Movement directorShelley Maxwell


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