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Royal Opera House, London

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Upcoming shows at the Royal Opera House:

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice André Tchaikowsky’s Shakespeare-inspired opera is an important rediscovery in 20th-century opera and receives its London premiere in Welsh National Opera’s production, directed by Keith Warner.

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Upcoming shows at the Royal Opera House:

La Bayadere - Mariinsky Ballet

La Bayadere - Mariinsky Ballet The Mariinsky Ballet dance Petipa’s great classical ballet of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption.

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Upcoming shows at the Royal Opera House:

Mitridate, re di Ponto

Mitridate, re di Ponto Farnace and Sifare, sons of the mighty warrior Mitridate, both love their father’s fiancée Aspasia. While Sifare is determined to remain loyal to his father, Farnace vows never to yield.

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Contrasts - Mariinsky Ballet

Contrasts - Mariinsky Ballet The Mariinsky Ballet dances a mixed programme of Alonso’s Carmen Suite, McGregor’s Infra and Petipa’s Paquita Grand pas.

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Upcoming shows at the Royal Opera House:

Swan Lake

Swan Lake Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.

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Current shows at the Royal Opera House:

La Traviata

La Traviata Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Violetta is seriously ill and Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship – can their love overcome such obstacles?

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The Royal Opera House is a very grand affair, a stunning building fit for the very best in opera. Set in London’s funky Covent Garden, the impressive pillared building sits on the site of a previous venue dating back to 1732. This is the home of the prestigious Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and the famously well-respected Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. For the first century of its existence the venue was a playhouse, presenting its first ballet in 1734, then Handel’s first season of operas. The current building is the third on the site, with the first two being destroyed by fire. The frontage, foyer and auditorium date back to 1858 but extensive renovation in the 1990s means the rest is comfortably modern. There are 2256 seats over 4 tiers, boxes, balconies and galleries and the main area is Grade 1 listed. As well as live performances, the venue screens popular opera and ballet productions live across the world. Love Royal Opera House tickets? We sell the full range!