Il Barbiere Di Siviglia

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Originally premiering in 1816, Il barbiere di Siviglia is Gioachino Rossini's masterpiece that was penned when he was merely 23. Following Count Almaviva who arrives in Seville, a search begins for him to find the mysterious woman he once met in Madrid. Upon learning that her name is Rosina and she is set to be married to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he enlists the help of a cunning barber Figaro to save her.

Il barbiere di Siviglia has been seen across the world, reaching opera houses in New York, Buenos Aires and Ecuador amongst many others. Full of comedy, wit and a beautiful score, Rossini's opera has been a favourite at London's Royal Opera House since first opening in 2005.

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Booking until 11 October 2016
Running Time: 3 hours 30 minutes with one inte

Cosi Fan Tutte

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Popular German director Jan Philipp Gloger makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Così fan tutte. A regular director for Dutch National Opera, Gloger turns his hand to Mozart's beloved opera for a full London production.

Così fan tutte follows two couples, Ferrando and Dorabella and Guglielmo and Fiordiligi, who appear to love each other deeply. When their sceptical friend Don Alfonso makes a bet that their loves will one day prove unfaithful, the two young men accept. But when they are called away to war and return in disguise, they realise that their relationships are much more complex than they once thought.
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Booking until 19 October 2016
Running Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

La Fille Mal Gardee - The Royal Ballet

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La Fille mal gardée is one of the most beloved creations from Frederick Ahston. Originally based on a 1789 French ballet, La Fille mal gardée first premiered in 1960 and has since remained a popular production from the Royal Ballet. Featuring striking choreography laced with good humour, the show is full of national folk dance, clog dance and maypole dance!

La Fille mal gardée follows Lise, the only daughter of Widow Simone, who is in love with the young farmer Colas. Soon, Lise discovers that her mother has far more ambitious plans, when she attempts to set her daughter up with Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner. But Alain is completely disinterested in the lovely Lise, and the production reaches a humorous, chaotic climax.
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Booking until 22 October 2016
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

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Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann, or The Tales of Hoffmann, follows the great storyteller Hoffmann, who is gradually losing himself to drink. Councillor Lindorf goads Hoffmann into telling the three tales of his great loves, who were each destroyed by a villian with an uncanny resemblance to Lindorf. As his stories climax, Hoffmann rouses from his drunken state and turns his heartache into art.

Created in 1980 by award-winning director John SchlesingerLes Contes d’Hoffmann is best-known for his work in film, and realises this new production in the late 19th century. One of Offenbach's most enduring operas, Les Contes d’Hoffmann is sure to be a highly entertaining evening.

 

 
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Booking from 7 November 2016 until 3 December 2016
Running Time: 3 hours 30 min

The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House

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Peter Wright's dazzling production for The Royal Ballet brings to life the magical festive tale of The Nutcracker to London's Royal Opera House. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker follows a young Clara, who creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present. But when she goes downstairs, the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her away on a spectacular adventure.

From defeating the Mouse King to travelling to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets, The Nutcracker is the magical tale that really brings Christmas to life. See the Sugar Plum Fairy in an amazing display of dances! Don't miss out!

 
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Booking from 29 November 2016 until 12 January 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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History

Originally named the Theatre Royal, the Royal Opera House has existed since the 18th Century, with the first site built in 1732, making it one of the oldest theatrical locations in Europe.

The Opera House first opened in 1734 with a ballet. George Frideric Handel’s operatic seasons began just a year later, with many of his famous pieces written especially for the Covent Garden venue. Handel’s seasons included early showings of Atlanta (1736) and Bernice (1737).

Alongside operas, the venue was largely used as a playhouse, with shows often running in rep with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The theatre has been twice destroyed by raging fires; first in 1808 and again in 1857. Between the two fires the theatre was rebuilt and mainly housed operas, ballets and pantomimes.

After the theatre was destroyed by fire again, the third and final theatre was built in 1958, official taking the name of the Royal Opera House in 1892. Things ran smoothly at the theatre for just over 20 years until the outbreak of World War I, when the theatre was used as a furniture repository.

The theatre has a brief active period in peacetime between the wars however it was soon converted to a dance hall throughout the World War II.

After an agreement laid out by the Covent Garden Opera Trust, the Royal Opera House was re-established with a production of The Sleeping Beauty (1946), and the first production from the Covent Garden Opera Company, Carmen (1947). Both the ballet company and the CGOC were to become the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera in 1968.

The theatre was largely renovated and reconstructed, reopening in 1999. Since the turn of the millennium, the theatre has continued to act as its own producing house, with the Royal Opera House’s first ever West End transfer, The Wind in the Willows, which runs at the Duchess Theatre throughout the winter of 2013/14.

Past Shows

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The Winter's Tale
(closed 10 Jun 2016)
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Oedipe
(closed 8 Jun 2016)
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Frankenstein
(closed 27 May 2016)

 
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Tannhäuser
(closed 15 May 2016)
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Swan Lake
(closed 7 Apr 2015)
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Tosca
(closed 26 Jun 2014)

 
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Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet
(closed 9 Apr 2014)
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Turnadot
(closed 10 Mar 2014)
Nutcracker
The Nutcracker- Royal Ballet
(closed 16 Jan 2014)

 
Romeo and Juliet ROH
Romeo and Juliet
(closed 26 Nov 2013)
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La Bayadere - Royal Ballet
(closed 22 May 2013)
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La Boheme
(closed 12 Mar 2013)