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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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  • Disabled access
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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

  • La Traviata

    Booking until Jul 04

  • Don Carlos

    Booking until May 27

  • L'Elisir d'Amore

    Opens May 27

  • Otello

    Opens Jun 21

  • Turandot

    Opens Jul 05

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...

Don Carlos

Until May 27, 2017

Bryan Hymel and Krassimira Stoyanova lead Nicholas Hytner's celebrated production of Verdi's opera about courtly intrigue and love. Set in Inquisition-era Spain, this soaring operatic tragedy features some of opera's most well-developed and complex characters, including two of classical theatre's most celebrated heroines. First performed at the Paris Opera in 1867, Verdi's Don Carlo has undergone various incarnations before Hytner's bold interpretation premiered in 2008 at the Royal Opera House, which has since been seen overseas at New York's iconic Metropolitan Opera House.

L'Elisir d'Amore

May 27-June 22, 2017

The sunshine is coming back to the UK as spring is underway, and what better way than to celebrate than to treat yourself to this sunny operatic gem by Donizetti, specially revived by French opera impresario Laurent Pelly. Two world casts lead this production in rep, featuring opera stars Pretty Yende and Rolando Villazon, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna. Venture out to the sun-filled fields of 1950s rural Italy where the haystacks shine golden and ancient trucks put along dusty roads. Touching romance, hilarious comedy are brought together in Donizetti's celebrated score.


June 21-July 15, 2017

Royal Opera House favourite Keith Warner returns in 2017 to direct Verdi's thrilling Shakespearean tragedy Otello, with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing the title role, shared with Gregory Kunde. With 2016 having marked the Italian composer's 200th birthday, Otello explores themes of fidelity, doubt and revenge, with Iago now a universal icon of poisonous evil. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, this traditionally cast opera is designed by Boris Kudlicka with spectacular fight choreography by Ran Arthur Braun.


July 5-16, 2017

Returning to the Royal Opera for the first time since 2013, sopranos Christine Goerke and Lise Lindstrom take on the titular role. Princess Turandot has sworn an oath that no man shall claim her for his wife unless he can correctly answer three riddles. As of yet, nobody has succeeded. However, the wily Prince Calaf strikes a bargain with her; if she can guess his name before dawn, he will give up his life. However, if she doesn't, he will claim her for his own. As the clock ticks, Turandot becomes increasingly desperate....

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