Julia Bullock in Katie Mitchell's production of Theodora, The Royal Opera ©2022 ROH. Photograph by Lara Cappelli


31 January16 February 2022
The performance will last approximately 3 hours 55 minutes, with two intervals.
Main Stage
Opera and music

Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato and Jakub Józef Orliński star in Katie Mitchell’s thrilling new production of Handel’s Theodora. In an alternative modern-day reality, Theodora, a religious fundamentalist, plots for the resistance against the Roman occupation. But when her secret plan to destroy the Roman embassy is discovered, she learns the true brutality of her oppressors.

Not heard in Covent Garden since its 1750 premiere, and sung in the original English libretto by Thomas Morell, Theodora is a tour de force for soloists and chorus alike, with ensembles, duets and arias of profound depth and beauty. This new interpretation, conducted by Baroque specialist Harry Bicket, shines a new, feminist light on the story.

Suitable for ages 16+. This production depicts explicit violence and sexual harassment, scenes of sexual violence and sexual exploitation, and contains themes of terrorism.

Approximate running times
Act I: 1 hour 20 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 50 minutes
Interval : 25 minutes
Act III: 55 minutes
Sung in English with English surtitles

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Charles Holloway, The Estate of Mrs Gertrude Mary Looi, 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 directorSarita Piotrowski


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