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Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

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ADDITIONAL INFO

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

  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    Booking until Nov 27

  • Semiramide

    Opens Nov 19

  • Cavalleria rusticana/ Pagliacci

    Opens Nov 29

  • Rigoletto

    Opens Dec 14

  • Salome

    Opens Jan 08, 2018

Lucia di Lammermoor

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.

Semiramide

November 19-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.

Cavalleria rusticana/ Pagliacci

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.

Rigoletto

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.

Salome

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.

November '17

Nov 29-Dec 16, 2017

December '17

Nov 29-Dec 16, 2017

Dec 14, 2017-Jan 16, 2018

January '18

Dec 14, 2017-Jan 16, 2018

Jan 8-30, 2018

Jan 15-Mar 3, 2018

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

February '18

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

Jan 15-Mar 3, 2018

Feb 6-Mar 16, 2018

Feb 6-Mar 16, 2018

March '18

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

Jan 19-Mar 2, 2018

Jan 15-Mar 3, 2018

Feb 6-Mar 16, 2018

Feb 6-Mar 16, 2018

Mar 15-Apr 9, 2018

Mar 17-Apr 9, 2018

April '18

Mar 15-Apr 9, 2018

Mar 17-Apr 9, 2018

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