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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

  • La Boheme

    Opens Sep 11

  • Semiramide

    Opens Nov 19

  • Salome

    Opens Jan 08, 2018

  • Carmen

    Opens Feb 06, 2018

  • From the House of the Dead

    Opens Mar 07, 2018

La Boheme

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September 11-October 10, 2017

Richard Jones' exciting new production of Puccini's tragedy premieres at the Royal Opera House for the first time since retiring the 40-year old John Copley version in 2015, which had enjoyed 26 revivals and well over 200 sold-out performances. Garnering rave reviews from the London press, this revival of Jones' production welcomes Antonio Pappano to the maestro's podium as he conducts newcomers Nicole Car as Mimi, Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo and Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello.


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 DíArcangelo, 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.


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.


February 6-March 16, 2018

Georges Bizet's iconic 17th and last opera 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, Barrie Kosky will direct two distinct casts for a limited engagement, with the lead role sung by Anna Goryachova and Gaelle Arquez.

From the House of the Dead

March 7-24, 2018

The final work of composer and librettist Leos Janacek, this dark and atmospheric opera is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, describing his life in a Siberian gulag. Marking its premiere at the Royal Opera House, this production is helmed by the talented Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski, the creator and artistic director of Nowy Teatr (New Theatre) in Warsaw. This opera has been updated to take place in modern times, allowing audiences to empathise with the inmates from a contemporary perspective.

September '17

Sep 11-Oct 10, 2017

Sep 13-Oct 10, 2017

October '17

Sep 13-Oct 10, 2017

Sep 11-Oct 10, 2017

Until Nov 27, 2017

November '17

Until Nov 27, 2017

Nov 23-Dec 16, 2017

December '17

Nov 23-Dec 16, 2017

Dec 2, 2017-Jan 13, 2018

Dec 5, 2017-Jan 10, 2018

January '18

Dec 5, 2017-Jan 10, 2018

Dec 2, 2017-Jan 13, 2018

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