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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Year opened: 1858
Capacity: 2256

  • Merchandise booths
  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

The Royal Opera House is a large performing arts centre and opera house in Covent Garden. The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are based at the venue. For its first hundred years, the venue was mainly used as a playhouse, until 1734 when ballets were held there, and shortly after, operas. The main auditorium in the Royal Opera House is a Grade I listed building.

Upcoming Highlights

  • La Traviata

    Booking until Jul 04

  • Otello

    Booking until Jul 15

  • Mitridate, re di Ponto

    Booking until Jul 07

  • Turandot

    Opens Jul 05

  • The Merchant Of Venice

    Opens Jul 19

La Traviata

Until July 4, 2017

Verdi's heartbreaking interpretation of the tragic life of the self-sacrificing French courtesan is one of the best-loved of all tragic operas. Richard Eyre's lavish and touching production is a consistent audience favourite of The Royal Opera repertory. When Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love, his father Georgio doesn't approve, and forces her to leave him - unbeknownst to him, Violetta is guarding a terrible secret herself...


Until July 15, 2017

Royal Opera House favourite Keith Warner returns in 2017 to direct Verdi's thrilling Shakespearean tragedy Otello, with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing the title role, shared with Gregory Kunde. With 2016 having marked the Italian composer's 200th birthday, Otello explores themes of fidelity, doubt and revenge, with Iago now a universal icon of poisonous evil. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, this traditionally cast opera is designed by Boris Kudlicka with spectacular fight choreography by Ran Arthur Braun.

Mitridate, re di Ponto

Until July 7, 2017

Few operas demonstrate the genius of a child prodigy than this early work by Mozart, who composed it at the tender age of 14. Written for the Milan carnival, even the young composer was unsure that he was equal to the task. However, he needn't have worried, as it was immediately received as a phenomenal success upon its premiere in 1770. Since then, the opera has seen various revivals in the 20th century when it was rediscovered. Graham Vick's production was first staged in 1991 and now returns to the Royal Opera house in 2017.


July 5-16, 2017

Returning to the Royal Opera for the first time since 2013, sopranos Christine Goerke and Lise Lindstrom take on the titular role. Princess Turandot has sworn an oath that no man shall claim her for his wife unless he can correctly answer three riddles. As of yet, nobody has succeeded. However, the wily Prince Calaf strikes a bargain with her; if she can guess his name before dawn, he will give up his life. However, if she doesn't, he will claim her for his own. As the clock ticks, Turandot becomes increasingly desperate....

The Merchant Of Venice

July 19-20, 2017

Andre Tchaikowsky's Shakespearean opera is set to make its London premiere in 2017, 36 years after it was first rejected by ENO. Premiering in 2016 at the Welsh National Opera to rave reviews, it is a poignant moment for fans of the late composer, who died before his dream was realised. First seen in 2013 at the Bregenz Festival thanks to the pioneering efforts of ex-ENO director David Pountney, the opera follows Shakespeare's play closely, whilst making great use of bittersweet harmonies and fluently graceful writing.

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Jul 19-Aug 6, 2017

Jul 24-Aug 5, 2017

August '17

Jul 19-Aug 6, 2017

Jul 24-Aug 5, 2017

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Oct 4-7, 2017

Oct 16-17, 2017

Oct 31-Nov 2, 2017

November '17

Oct 31-Nov 2, 2017

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December '17
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