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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

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    Booking until Oct 07

  • Ariadne auf Naxos

    Opens Oct 10

  • Carmen

    Opens Oct 19

  • Viscera - Afternoon of a Faun - Tchaikovsky pas de deux - Carmen

    Opens Oct 26

  • The Nutcracker

    Opens Dec 08

Le nozze di Figaro

Until October 7, 2015

Known as Mozart's wittiest opera, Le nozze di Figaro reunites us with Count and Countess Almivira, who's respective servants are soon to be married. Only Count Almivra is already bored with his new wife, after wooing her in the Barber of Seville, and decides it's time to try his luck with Figaro's betrothed. A mad-cap adventure with more plot twists and turns than Downton Abbey soon follows as the the servants must find some way to outwit their masters!

Ariadne auf Naxos

October 10-16, 2015

A stunning combination of operatic tragedy and comic farce, Ariadne auf Naxos returns to the Royal Opera House for a limited three performances only this month! When a wealthy patron commissions two very different performances to entertain after dinner, he has one command; they must be performed at the same time, so that he and his guests can all enjoy the firework display after. What ensues is a rich mix of styles, encompassing both 18th century Strauss and Eighties' grunge.


October 19-November 30, 2015

Georges Bizet's iconic 17th and last opera is his most well-loved, having captured the imagination of French readers with exotic tales of Spain through his rendering of Prosper Merimee's popular novella of the same name. Packed full of famous songs including the seductive Habanera and Escamillo's rousing Toreador Song, Francesca Zambello's 2006 production for The Royal Opera makes a welcome return to the ROH with international opera stars Anita Rachvelishvili, Elena Maximova, Bryan Hymel, Yonghoon Lee and Jonas Kaufmann leading the production.

Viscera - Afternoon of a Faun - Tchaikovsky pas de deux - Carmen

October 26-November 12, 2015

Acclaimed Cuban dance superstar Carlos Acosta presents his new narrative work Carmen as part of this exciting mixed programme, which also features a trio of brilliant short ballets by Liam Scarlett, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. His new work incorporates the music and gripping story of Bizet's Carmen, with Martin Yates adapting Bizet's score to make use of the Royal Opera Chorus and flamenco singing to add to the Spanish flavour of the piece.

The Nutcracker

December 8, 2015-January 14, 2016

It's back! Following last year's hiatus at the Royal Opera House, London's best-loved holiday ballet is set to return this Christmas. Follow the coming of age tale of Clara and her mysterious Nutcracker prince, as they defeat the wicked mouse army and journey to a fantastical world, where the sweet treats of the world are human-shaped and dance like a dream in her honour. Enjoy the stirring music of Tschaikovsky's Waltz of the Snowflakes and fleet-footed Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, against a glorious Victorian Christmas background, designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman.

October '15

Until Oct 10, 2015

Oct 13-15, 2015

Oct 16-17, 2015

Oct 19-Nov 30, 2015

November '15

Oct 19-Nov 30, 2015

Nov 26-28, 2015

December '15

Dec 1, 2015-Jan 24, 2016

Dec 17, 2015-Jan 14, 2016

January '16

Dec 17, 2015-Jan 14, 2016

Dec 1, 2015-Jan 24, 2016

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