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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

  • La Traviata

    Booking until Jul 04

  • Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

    Booking until Mar 31

  • Madama Butterfly

    Booking until Apr 25

  • The Exterminating Angel

    Opens Apr 24

  • Mayerling

    Opens Apr 28

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...

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Until March 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....

Madama Butterfly

Until 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.

The Exterminating Angel

April 24-May 8, 2017

Luis Bunuel's iconic film masterpiece provides the basis for this haunting opera, which first premiered at the Salzberg Festival in 2016. Homegrown composer Thomas Ades' pioneering opera follows his previously acclaimed works Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004) and underlines the macabre comedy of the story with deeper symbolism of human nature gone wild. Directed by Tom Cairns, a world-class ensemble cast (to be announced) will sing the roles of the tortured souls trapped in that dining room.

Mayerling

April 28-May 13, 2017

Sex, murder and suicide. A fairytale ballet this is not, in Kenneth MacMillan's raunchy historically based tragedy. Regarded by many as the choreographer's greatest masterpiece, this dark and disturbing work pushes the boundaries of classical ballet, delving deep into the psyche of a sexually tortured prince, considered to be one of the physically demanding in the dance medium. When the unstable Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary is forced into marriage, he is introduced to a teenage mistress by his former lover; however, this young woman has a disturbing obsession of her own - death.

April '17

Apr 3-21, 2017

Apr 10-25, 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

December '17
January '18

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