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  • Rigoletto

    Until Jan 18, 2018

  • Salome

    Until Jan 30, 2018

  • Tosca

    Until Mar 3, 2018

  • Carmen

    Feb 6 - Mar 16, 2018

  • From the House of the Dead

    Mar 7 - 24, 2018

Rigoletto Poster


Until 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 Poster


Until January 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.

Tosca Poster


Until March 3, 2018

Marrying romance, tragedy, political intrigue and a breathtaking score, Puccini's operatic masterpiece Tosca is often considered his greatest. While it bears the hallmarks of tragic grand opera (boy meets girl, they fall in love, one or both inevitably dies) the tale is filled with thrilling twists and turns. Jonathan Kent's beloved production is back 11 years after its critically acclaimed debut.

Carmen Poster


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.

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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.

Royal Opera House

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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.

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0.04 mi away at 11-12 Russell Street
Main £17 | Three course meal £40
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0.05 mi away at 34 Wellington Street
Main £10 | Three course meal £25
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0.06 mi away at Catherine Street
4 Star, Prices from £180

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