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London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison BirtwistleMark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

Some of the world’s most famous singers have performed with the Company, including Joyce DiDonatoPlácido DomingoRenée FlemingJuan Diego FlórezAngela GheorghiuJonas KaufmannAnna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel, as well as the late Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti.

The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, founded in 2001, offers exceptionally talented musicians at the start of their careers a tailored programme of coaching and performance opportunities. Many of its graduates are now seen regularly on the international stage.

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October 2017

Les Vêpres Siciliennes by Verdi @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

October 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Stefan Herheim’s production of Verdi’s French grand opera (The Sicilian Vespers) was The Royal Opera’s first, created in 2013 to mark the composer’s bicentenary. This epic, five-act work was Verdi’s first written specifically for the Paris Opéra, and in it he fully embraces the elaborate style and traditions of the grand opera genre, while remaining true to his own inimitable style. The result is thrillingly ambitious, including impressive choruses, passionate duets and spectacular showpiece arias for the four principals. Herheim…

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November 2017

La Tragédie de Carmen by Bizet @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

November 3, 2017 - November 14, 2017
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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La Tragédie de Carmen is a radical adaptation of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was created by the acclaimed British theatre director Peter Brook in 1981 for the tiny Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Brook collaborated with composer Marius Constant and writer Jean-Claude Carrière to create an intimate chamber version for just four singers, which uses new spoken dialogue that draws on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera’s original inspiration. La Tragédie de Carmen was a runaway success at its premiere, and…

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Semiramide by Rossini @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London – New Production

November 19, 2017 - December 16, 2017
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Rossini wrote Semiramide in 1823, his last year in Italy before moving to Paris. The opera makes a fittingly magnificent finale to his Italian career: its astonishing structure and span anticipate the sophistication of his later masterpiece Guillaume Tell, while the blistering and virtuoso title role – written for Rossini’s wife Isabella Colbran – inspired many later composers, including Bellini in his Norma. Based on a story by Voltaire, the tragedy sees its characters wrestle against fate as the story propels them towards the…

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January 2018

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci by Mascagni and Leoncavallo @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

January 13
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Players) are today Italian opera’s most famous double act, but they were written independently. Cavalleria rusticana came first, its hugely successful premiere in 1890 doubtless an influence on Leoncavallo. His Pagliacci in 1892 was another triumph. The two works, each undeniable masterpieces of the verismo tradition of realism, share dramatic concision, melodic richness and an obsession with violent jealousy. Damiano Michieletto’s production was an Olivier-Award-winning hit when first presented in 2015. He sets both operas within the same village,…

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February 2018

Carmen by Bizet @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

February 6 - February 16
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for…

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Tosca by Puccini @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

February 7 - March 3
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere…

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March 2018

From the House of the Dead by Janáček @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

March 7 - March 24
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Janáček’s final work receives its Royal Opera premiere in a new production directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting an excellent cast including Johan Reuter and Willard W. White. From the House of the Dead is Janáček’s final work and arguably his most powerful. Completed just before his death and first performed posthumously in 1930, the opera is based on Dostoyevsky’s semi-autobiographical novel describing life in a Siberian gulag. Janáček does not soften that harsh reality at the heart of…

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Macbeth by Verdi @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

March 25 - April 10
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The…

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April 2018

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

April 12 - April 27
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Richard Jones’s critically acclaimed production returns after more than a decade, with Antonio Pappano conducting a cast led by Eva-Maria Westbroek in Shostakovich’s masterpiece. Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. It was acclaimed as such at its premiere in 1934 and enjoyed tremendous success – until 1936 when political disapproval led both to the opera’s repression by the Soviet authorities and two years of persecution for Shostakovich. The fates of composer and…

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June 2018

Lohengrin by Wagner @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London – New Production

June 7 - July 1
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Wagner’s great romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt, Kristine Opolais and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden. Lohengrin was the first fruit of Wagner’s fascination with the Holy Grail myths of Arthurian legend, the end point of which would be his final masterpiece Parsifal. Written between Tannhäuser and the first operas of the Ring cycle, Lohengrin marks a turning point as Wagner moves from conventional operatic form to the music dramas of his mature style. The…

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La bohème by Puccini @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

June 16 - July 20
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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The first revival of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s passionate opera, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and with two wonderful casts including Maria Agresta and Ekaterina Siurina as Mimì and Matthew Polenzani and Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the…

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Don Giovanni by Mozart @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

June 29 - July 17
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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In Mozart’s dazzling tragicomic opera, Marc Minkowski conducts a world-class cast led by Mariusz Kwiecień with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Pavol Breslik and Hrachuhi Bassenz. Don Giovanni is the second of Mozart’s landmark collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte (after The Marriage of Figaro and before Così fan tutte). In it they created a work that has beguiled and entranced in equal measure since its premiere in 1787. Perfectly situated, as no other opera, between tragedy and comedy, this potent drama combines glorious music…

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July 2018

Falstaff by Verdi @Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London

July 7 - July 21
Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Bow St
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and sheer joie de vivre. Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera tells the tale of a portly knight with an irrepressible appetite for life, love and laughter. Falstaff crowned a career that spanned more than fifty years. Arrigo Boito – with whom Verdi also collaborated on Otello and the revisions for Simon Boccanegra – created a sparkling libretto based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts I and II. Verdi matched the libretto’s sprightliness with…

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