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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Year opened: 1858
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.
Lucia di Lammermoor
Booking until Nov 27
Booking until Dec 16
Cavalleria rusticana/ Pagliacci
Opens Nov 29
Opens Dec 14
Opens Jan 08, 2018
Until November 27, 2017
Renowned director Katie Mitchell OBE's rousing 2015 production of Donzetti's classic tragedy returns to the Royal Opera House stage this Autumn, infusing the tale of the headstrong and ultimately doomed heroine with new, visceral life. Mitchell's adaptation is filled with thrilling, violent and poignant moments as Lucia fights for love and survival, emphasised by Vicki Mortimer's breathtaking split screen stage design.
Until December 16, 2017
A brand-new production of Rossini's tragic political story comes to the Royal Opera House this November, directed by operatic director genius, David Alden. Starring Joyce DiDonato, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee, this was Rossini's last opera before moving to Paris; the end of his "Italian era", as it were. Political, hard-hitting and bloody, this Greek tragedy-inspired work has been reworked by Alden to take place in a 20th century setting.
November 29, 2017-January 13, 2018
First premiering in 2015, this double programme enjoys a new revival for the 2017 season at the Royal Opera House. Each disturbing work demonstating what happens when passionate love sours into violent jealousy. Both prime examples of verismo opera, each work features music that gives a strong sense of their setting in a southern-Italian poverty-stricken village and the characters within it.
December 14, 2017-January 18, 2018
When Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi premiered his tragic opera Rigoletto in 1851, it was said to be so well received that audience members could be heard singing it in the streets the very next morning. Considered to be the first of his operatic masterpieces, the recognisable score comes to the Royal Opera House helmed by Scottish director David McVicar.
January 8-30, 2018
Not for the faint-hearted, Richard Strauss' searing and violent opera retells the story of the biblical temptress of the famed "seven veils", in a 1920s Art-Deco era setting, conceived by David McVicar and first premiering in 2008. Originally adapted from Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name, Strauss' Salome brought down the house on its first night in 1905, confirming his place in the higher echelon of opera composers.
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