Royal Opera House productions

Upcoming ROH productions:


  • Otello

    24 July 2012

    Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello represents the pinnacle of Italian grand opera. Elijah Moshinsky’s production emphasizes themes of jealousy, love and betrayal.

  • Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Winners

    25 July 2012

    Former winners of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia come together for the first time in an extraordinary and starry performance.

  • The Owl and the Pussycat

    29 July 2012

    ROH2 presents a water-bound operatic spectacle based around the enchanting Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat.

  • Deloitte Ignite

    31 August – 2 September 2012

    Curated by critically acclaimed artist, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Deloitte Ignite 2012, Africa Weekend, is a celebration of traditional African and avant-garde arts and culture.

  • Three & Four Quarters

    7 September – 11 September 2012

    HeadSpaceDance, led by acclaimed dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, perform a thrilling new programme of work.

  • Das Rheingold

    24 September – 26 October 2012

    The first opera in Der Ring des Nibelungen introduces Richard Wagner’s vast, mythical world. Keith Warner presents a conceptually rich production that combines the epic and the contemporary.

  • Die Walküre

    26 September – 28 October 2012

    The second opera in Der Ring des Nibelungen contains some of Wagner’s most memorable music. Keith Warner vividly presents the conflict between love and power in his distinctive, multi-layered production.

  • In the Locked Room

    27 September – 29 September 2012

    A closed door sparks an obsession with dramatic consequences. Leading composer Huw Watkins collaborates with poet David Harsent in this powerful opera.

  • Ghost Patrol

    27 September – 29 September 2012

    Acclaimed crime novelist Louise Welsh and composer Stuart MacRae present a contemporary one-act opera about secrets and their consequences.

  • Siegfried

    29 September – 31 October 2012

    Keith Warner’s production of the third opera in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle combines elemental forces with contemporary concerns.

  • Götterdämmerung

    1 October – 2 November 2012

    The fourth opera of the Ring draws Richard Wagner’s tale of gods, mortals and giants to an epic close. Keith Warner’s bravura production brings to life one of the greatest and most rewarding of all operas.

  • Albert Herring

    4 October – 10 October 2012

    Britten’s touching and bittersweet comedy is given an entertaining new staging by English Touring Opera.

  • Christ lag in Todes Banden / The Emperor of Atlantis

    5 October – 12 October 2012

    James Conway presents a powerful production of this daring political satire. It was created when Viktor Ullman and Peter Kien were imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II.

  • Swan Lake

    8 October – 24 November 2012

    With instantly recognizable music and a timeless story of good against evil, Swan Lake is the greatest of Romantic ballets. Anthony Dowell’s production draws upon the opulent style of 1890s Russia.

  • The Lighthouse

    11 October – 13 October 2012

    Peter Maxwell Davies’s haunting opera is an atmospheric combination of a detective mystery and a ghost story.

  • Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

    17 October – 19 October 2012

    Meet the next generation of opera stars in this fully staged double-bill of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri.

  • Meet the Young Artists: The Juke Box

    20 October 2012

    You choose the evening recital from the options given at the lunchtime session. Meet the Young Artists in person afterwards.

  • Phoenix Dance Theatre

    25 October – 27 October 2012

    The acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre return to London for the first time in four years with an exhilarating evening of contemporary choreography.

  • Viscera

    3 November – 14 November 2012

    This dazzling ballet was the US choreographic debut of rising star Liam Scarlett. Intense, dynamic movement is set to Lowell Liebermann’s driving score.

  • Infra

    3 November – 14 November 2012

    Wayne McGregor’s virtuoso choreography is set against designs by Julian Opie. The ballet presents a complex and moving portrait of human relationships, set to Max Richter’s haunting score.

  • Fool’s Paradise

    3 November – 14 November 2012

    Gold petals flutter down on the dancers in Christopher Wheeldon’s exquisite ballet. It contains beautifully nuanced pas de deux and a romantic score by Joby Talbot.

  • The Yellow Sofa

    5 November 2012

    An intimate opera by Glyndebourne’s first composer-in-residence Julian Philips explores infidelity, jealousy and revenge.

  • Kafka Fragments

    8 November – 9 November 2012

    Acclaimed director Netia Jones presents a new production of Kurtág’s extraordinary song cycle, which was inspired by Kafka’s letters and diaries.

  • Claire Martin

    10 November 2012

    Join us for an unmissable evening with one of the world’s finest jazz vocalists, performing at the Linbury Studio Theatre as part of the London Jazz Festival.

  • L’elisir d’amore

    13 November – 7 December 2012

    Laurent Pelly brings tenderness, humour and southern sunshine to his production of Donizetti’s opera. A 1950s Italian village provides the backdrop to a spirited tale of love’s twists and turns.

  • FAR

    15 November – 17 November 2012

    Wayne McGregor | Random Dance returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with this unique work, celebrating the 10th anniversary of ROH2.

  • Concerto

    17 November – 5 December 2012

    Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet combines technical precision with playful warmth. The youthful energy of Shostakovich’s piano concerto is complemented by Jürgen Rose’s bold designs.

  • Las Hermanas

    17 November – 5 December 2012

    Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet explores repression and sensuality through groundbreaking choreography. It is based on a play by Federico García Lorca.

  • Requiem

    17 November – 5 December 2012

    Kenneth MacMillan’s moving one-act ballet is set to Gabriel Fauré’s serene choral music. It was created in memory of his friend and fellow choreographer John Cranko.

  • Wayne McGregor | Random Dance

    21 November – 24 November 2012

    Wayne McGregor’s dynamic company Random Dance presents a cutting-edge programme showcasing emerging choreographic talent. The show celebrates the 10th anniversary of ROH2.

  • Be Like Water

    27 November – 28 November 2012

    Hetain Patel presents a humorous and inventive exploration of cultural identity in this mixed-media show.

  • Bravo Figaro!

    29 November – 30 November 2012

    Mark Thomas, one of the finest storytellers in the country, returns to the Royal Opera House with a show about his father.

  • Robert le diable

    6 December – 21 December 2012

    Laurent Pelly’s new production provides a rare opportunity to see this classic of French grand opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Romance and the supernatural combine in a staging inspired by medieval France.

  • The Nutcracker

    10 December 2012 – 16 January 2013

    A young girl receives an enchanted nutcracker that leads her on a wonderful adventure, in this Christmas classic. Stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky’s score combine in one of the best-loved of all ballets.

  • The Wind in the Willows

    12 December 2012 – 5 January 2013

    Will Tuckett’s production brings all the magic of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale to the stage. With theatrical choreography and a wonderful score, it is the perfect family entertainment.

  • La bohème

    17 December 2012 – 12 March 2013

    A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. John Copley’s production brings 19th-century Paris to the stage in vivid detail.

  • The Minotaur

    17 January – 28 January 2013

    Harrison Birtwistle’s reworking of an ancient myth had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2008. The opera’s dark beauty shows one of our leading composers at the height of his powers.

  • Onegin

    19 January – 8 February 2013

    John Cranko’s interpretation of Pushkin’s verse-novel contains some of ballet’s most emotionally charged moments, set to stirring music by Tchaikovsky.

  • Tosca

    2 March – 20 July 2013

    Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800.


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