The new ROH Live Season is bursting at the seams, offering an exciting range of new commissions, world premieres and much-loved revivals. Commencing with the spectacular Don Giovanni starring Erwin Schrott as the titular Don, the season features some of this year’s most hotly anticipated operas including Fidelio and Marston & Scarlet and concluding with Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy Elektra.
Ticket prices: Full price £22 / Member £17.50 / Student & Retired £17.50 / Student & Retired Member £15.50/ Child £10.
Encore screenings will also be available. Dates and times vary per cinema.
Discover the full line-up of the dazzling new season and show dates below.
Tuesday 8 October 2019, 6.45pm
Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favourite. Book now
Thursday 24 October 2019, 7.30pm
Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.Book now
Tuesday 5 November 2019, 7.15pm
Concerto & Other Ballets
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the homegrown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.Book now
Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7.15pm
A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family. Book now
Tuesday 17 December 2019, 7.15pm
The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016)
The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.Book now
Thursday 16 January 2020, 7.15pm
The Sleeping Beauty
This production of The Sleeping Beauty has delighted audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it. Book now
Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7.15pm
Marston & Scarlett (World Premiere)
Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. A new work by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence, provides the second part of the programme.Book now
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 7.15pm
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.Book now
Wednesday 1 April 2020, 7.15pm
Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. An intoxicating, irresistible mix of spectacle and intimate passion. Book now
Tuesday 21 April 2020, 7.00pm
Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving and shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. Book now
Thursday 28 May 2020, 7.15pm
The Dante Project (World Premiere)
Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned. The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.Book now
Thursday 18 June 2020, 7.45pm
Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy.Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra. Book now