Madama Butterfly

One of Puccini's most performed works, Madama Butterfly follows the tragic tale of Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese bride of American Lieutenant Pinkerton. Shortly after their marriage, he deserts her, but she lives in hope that he could one day return. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her son see Pinkerton's ship in the harbour. When she discovers that he has arrived with his new American wife to take away the boy, she bids her son farewell and takes her own life.

Based on David Belasco's play Madame Butterfly, Puccini developed the opera alongside Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Drawing on Japanese folk melodies, this extravagant opera is one of Puccini's finest. Madama Butterfly is brought to the stage by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.
Booking until 25 April 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

L'elisir d'amore

L’elisir d’amore is one of Donizetti’s best-loved operas, combining romance and outrageous comedy to create a charming production, set in the countryside of 1950's Italy. Premiering originally in Milan in 1832, the production returns to the Royal Opera House.

When the beautiful Adina rejects village boy Nemorino's declarations of love, Doctor Dulcamara appears with a "love potion" on his hands. But Adina seems to be immune to the effects and agrees to instead marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore! Luckily, she realises that she does indeed love Nemorino - it seems Dulcamara's potion worked after all!

Booking from 27 May 2017 until 22 June 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

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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

The Sleeping Beauty - Royal Ballet
(closed 14 Mar 2017)
Woolf Works
(closed 14 Feb 2017)
Il Trovatore
(closed 9 Feb 2017)

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The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House
(closed 12 Jan 2017)
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Les Contes d'Hoffmann
(closed 3 Dec 2016)
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La Fille Mal Gardee - The Royal Ballet
(closed 22 Oct 2016)

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Cosi Fan Tutte
(closed 19 Oct 2016)
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The Winter's Tale
(closed 10 Jun 2016)
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(closed 8 Jun 2016)

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(closed 27 May 2016)
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(closed 15 May 2016)
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Swan Lake
(closed 7 Apr 2015)