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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Year opened: 1858
Capacity: 2256

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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

  • The Sleeping Beauty

    Booking until Mar 14

  • Adriana Lecouvreur

    Booking until Mar 02

  • Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

    Opens Mar 11

  • The Human Seasons / After the Rain / New Crystal Pite

    Opens Mar 16

  • Madama Butterfly

    Opens Mar 20

The Sleeping Beauty

Until March 14, 2017

Celebrating 70 magical years of performances, The Royal Ballet revive their glorious production of The Sleeping Beauty for their Winter 2016/17 season. With classic choreography by Marcus Pepita, this Tchaikovsky scored work is an enchanting and romantic journey into the fairytale world of the cursed Princess Aurora and her charming saviour.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Until March 2, 2017

Francesco Cilea's tragic opera returns to the Royal Opera House in the first revival of David McVicar's sparkling production. Based partly on the true story of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur in the 1700s and her mysterious death, jealousy and murder are the name of the game when a possessive princess finds her lover entranced by a mere actress. McVicar's 2010 production was The Royal Opera's first staging of the opera since 1906, whereby they enlisted the help of set designer Charles Edwards to recreate an authentic working Baroque theatre for the stage.

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

March 11-31, 2017

Bryn Terfel leads Wagner's comic opera as Kasper Holten departs the Royal Opera House as director in 2017. The story of society ingenue Eva and her father's strange edict that she may only marry the winner of the local singing contest. Unfortunately she falls head over heels for Walther (Terfel), who must prove his worth by becoming a master-singer, win the contest and her hand. However, the snobbery of the local singing guild prevent him from entering the competition; but Walther has a plan up his sleeve....

The Human Seasons / After the Rain / New Crystal Pite

March 16-24, 2017

A world premiere from Olivier and Critics Choice Award winner Crystal Pite leads a diverse bill from The Royal Ballet in this celebration of new and established works from the past few years.

Madama Butterfly

March 20-April 25, 2017

Puccini's celebrated opera first premiered in 1904 and remains one of his most performed works throughout the world. Ermonela Jaho and Ana María Martínez divide the iconic role of Cio-Cio-San between them and their respective casts throughout this engagement. Antonio Pappano and Renato Balsadonna share conducting duties in this fiery and romantic story, which formed the basis for another great stage work; the multi award winning West End and Broadway musical, Miss Saigon.

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Apr 1-21, 2017

Apr 4-25, 2017

Apr 11-12, 2017

Apr 29-May 13, 2017

May '17

Apr 29-May 13, 2017

May 3-7, 2017

May 12-29, 2017

May 27-Jun 22, 2017

June '17

May 27-Jun 22, 2017

Jun 7-10, 2017

Jun 13-14, 2017

Jun 14-Jul 4, 2017

Jun 30-Jul 1, 2017

July '17

Jun 30-Jul 1, 2017

Jun 14-Jul 4, 2017

Jul 12-15, 2017

Jul 19-Aug 6, 2017

August '17

Jul 19-Aug 6, 2017

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