Royal Opera House

The words ‘Covent Garden’ have long been used as a synonym for British opera thanks to this beautiful and deeply historic venue which is home to two world-famous companies - The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

Originally built in 1858, the current Royal Opera House is the third incarnation of this high culture hub, and legends including Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, Luciano Pavarotti and Rudolf Nureyev have graced its stage.

A major reconstruction in the 1990s resulted in the creation of a series of beautiful, modern public spaces to complement the historic grandeur of Covent Garden’s main arena and further improvements are being planned.

Royal Opera House, New Exterior ©2018 ROH. Photograph By Luke Hayes (1)

What's On

Behind the Scenes Tour - Until September 4

Join a Royal Opera House expert guide and embark on an exclusive tour of the iconic Covent Garden building, accessing spaces normally off-limits to the public.

  • Tickets £19-£20

Das Rheingold - September 11-29 

Director Barrie Kosky joins forces with conductor Antonio Pappano in a bold new imagining of the first chapter of Wagner's Ring cycle.

  • Tickets from £14

Dance with the Royal Opera House -  September 29-November 3

Get your dancing shoes on and join us in Covent Garden to learn and dance steps inspired by ballets performed at the Royal Opera House.

  • Tickets £10
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L'Elisir D'Amore - September 22-October 10

Expect sun, fun and vocal acrobatics in Laurent Pelly’s much-loved staging of Donizetti’s intoxicating and witty comedy.

  • Tickets from £10

Live at Lunch - September 22-November 24

Experience an exciting programme of free lunchtime performances inspired by the heritage of the Royal Opera House and its operas and ballets. Artists from The Royal Opera, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and a range of guest artists perform in the newly opened-up spaces of the Royal Opera House.

  • Free entry. No booking required.

Family Sundays  - October 1-November 26

Family Sundays are a regular event for families to come and explore the Royal Opera House, hear about its artists and the world of opera and ballet. Each Family Sunday will be packed with creative and practical activities for all the family, with space to relax and enjoy live music in an informal setting.

  • General Tickets £10, Under 18s Tickets £8

Sing at the Royal Opera House - September 22-October 27

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in and sing in an opera chorus. Bring your friends, family and colleagues and explore some of the world’s biggest tunes in a fun and lively atmosphere at the home of The Royal Opera.

  • Tickets £10
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