The Royal Opera House today announces its 2023/24 Season, unveiling a bold programme of thrilling new work, UK premieres and much-loved revivals, alongside the biggest national learning programme in our history, exciting new regional partnerships, and a host of daytime events, behind the scenes tours, exhibitions and artistic Insights at our home in the heart of Covent Garden.    

The Royal Ballet Season

The Royal Ballet presents a tapestry of works that celebrate the Company’s rich heritage and celebrated house choreographers, and brings creativity into spaces across the Royal Opera House with a Festival of New Choreography. The Season features revivals from Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan alongside contemporary classics by Wayne McGregorChristopher Wheeldon and Cathy Marston. 

The Company’s illustrious legacy from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan is marked in a number of productions. Ashton’s boundless invention is displayed in two mixed programmes, with The Dream and his virtuosic Rhapsody. One of these programmes also features Les Rendezvous while the other includes Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Hamlet and Ophelia, and a guest performance by The Sarasota Ballet of The Walk to the Paradise Garden. The Sarasota Ballet will also demonstrate the genius of Ashton in the Linbury Theatre with a vibrant array of his creative output. The Royal Ballet and The Sarasota Ballet’s Ashton performances during the Season mark the opening of ASHTON WORLDWIDE, the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s five-year international festival conceived to celebrate the work and legacy of Frederick Ashton. Further information on the festival will be announced by the Foundation in due course. 

Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic flair is celebrated with the romantic tragedy Manonwhich this Season celebrates its 50th birthday, and a mixed programme – Requiem, Danses Concertantes and Different Drummer – plus performances and a film premiere by Yorke Dance Project, illustrating the choreographer’s exceptional artistic development across the decades. 

In other revivals, Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of Don Quixote opens the Season for The Royal Ballet. This celebrated production, which premiered in 2013, is the perfect showcase for a Company dancing at its peak. The enduringly popular 19th-century classics The Nutcracker and Swan Lake will also feature in the Season. 

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project returns following its critically-acclaimed world premiere in 2021. Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, the afterlife is brought into blazing life through the poetic vision of McGregor and his creative team, including pioneering composer Thomas Adès and artist Tacita Dean

Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale celebrates its 10th anniversary. With striking designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby TalbotThe Winter’s Tale is widely considered a modern ballet classic.  

Two award-winning works, Cathy Marston’s The Cellist, which takes its inspiration from the life and music of Jacqueline du Pré, and Valentino Zucchetti’s breezy Anemoi, receive their first revivals in a mixed programme of powerful musical heft.   

The Festival of New Choreography champions new and diverse choreographic voices through the many spaces of our iconic Covent Garden home. A collection of new work will be seen on the Main Stage, and also included is an immersive new work for The Royal Ballet by Robert Binet presented in the Linbury Theatre and co-produced by the National Ballet of Canada.    

The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of a new production in the Linbury Theatre adapted from the play Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner. The Limit combines spoken word and dance with choreography by Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Kristen McNally and direction by Ed Madden and features Royal Ballet Principals Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell in one of the casts. The Limit is set to a newly commissioned score by Isobel Waller-Bridge, who composed the score for the BBC series Fleabag as well as film scores for Vita and Virginia (2018) and Emma (2020).   

We look to the future with our continued development of emerging creative and performing talent with Draft Works, International Draft Works and the Next Generation Festival. The Royal Ballet continues its long-standing commitment to fostering dance partnerships, with Northern Ballet, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Ballet Black and Sydney Dance Company in the Linbury Theatre. 

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre make their Linbury Theatre debutLed by Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher, former Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist, the award-winning company supports those recovering from addiction and mental health adversity through dance, performance and creativity. This work marks the first collaboration between Fallen Angels and New Note Orchestra, a Brighton-based collective of 18 musicians in recovery.    

Northern Ballet return to the Linbury Theatre with a programme of new contemporary ballet, including the premiere of a new work by Royal Ballet Soloist Benjamin Ella and a work by New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck.   

Ballet Black present a double bill featuring Will Tuckett’s Then or Now and Mthuthuzeli November’s Nina: By Whatever Meansa tribute to Nina SimoneYorke Dance presents a new programme including work by Robert Cohan, Martha Graham and Kenneth MacMillan, and Sydney Dance Company make their Linbury Theatre debut.  

On Wednesday 1 NovemberWorld Ballet Day, a much-loved global celebration that brings together over 50 of the world’s leading ballet and dance companies, celebrates its tenth anniversary. Over the course of 24 hours, rehearsals, discussions and classes are streamed for free across six continents, offering unique behind-the-scenes glimpses of ballet’s biggest stars and exciting new performers. 

Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, said: 

“As we approach next Season, we are thrilled to showcase the extraordinary artistry and skill of our brilliant dancers and orchestral performers in a fantastic range of heritage and award-winning contemporary classics. We also look forward to the creative energy that the Festival of New Choreography will bring to the whole of the Royal Opera House, and to continuing to spread the love of ballet through our far-reaching global and UK-wide partnerships. We can’t wait to welcome back existing audiences and to connect with those new to the art form.” 

The Royal Opera Season

The Royal Opera opens its Season with two landmark works on both of our stages. On the Main Stage, Antonio Pappano partners with Barrie Kosky for the first time to conduct a bold new imagining of Wagner‘s first chapter of the Ring cycle, Das Rheingold  a massive undertaking for any opera house with an outstanding cast including Christopher Maltman as Wotan and Christopher Purves as Alberich. 

In the Linbury Theatre, George Benjamin and Martin Crimp bring us Picture a day like this – a major new work which receives its UK premiere following the world premiere this summer at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. After the historic success of Lessons in Love and Violence and Written on Skin, Benjamin and Crimp return alongside stage directors Daniel Jeanneteau and Marie-Christine Soma. 

Antonio Pappano, whose first new production at the Royal Opera House was Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in 2002, conducts his last new production at the Royal Opera House in Loy’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of Strauss‘s Elektra  uniting two of today’s leading dramatic sopranos: Nina Stemme in the title role, and Karita Mattila as the haunted queen Klytämnestra. 

In May, a Farewell Gala Concert for Antonio Pappano will see a stellar cast of soloists perform alongside the Chorus and Orchestra in celebration of his 23-year tenure. Maestro Pappano will then lead a cast that includes his longtime collaborator Jonas Kaufmann, and Sondra Radvanovsky and Carlos Álvarez in a revival of David McVicar‘s lavish production of Giordano‘s Andrea Chénier.  

In June 2024, The Royal Opera is delighted to be returning to Japan on tour for the first time since 2019 with performances at Bunka Kaikan Theatre and NHK Hall in Tokyo, and Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama. Antonio Pappano will be conducting spectacular casts in Oliver Mears’s darkly elegant production of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Andrei Șerban’s classic staging of Puccini’s Turandot. 

The Royal Opera’s exploration into Handel‘s Covent Garden operas and oratorios continues with his final masterpiece, Jephtha, which premiered on this site in 1752. This epic new production is staged by Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears and is conducted by Handel specialist Laurence Cummings. Extraordinary tenor Allan Clayton performs the title role, joined by an outstanding, largely British cast including Jennifer FranceAlice Coote and Brindley Sherratt. 

Aigul Akhmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya share the role of Carmen in Damiano Michieletto‘s poetic, contemporary new staging of Bizet‘s beloved CarmenAntonello Manacorda and Emmanuel Villaume conduct two accomplished casts in this sultry new production which evokes the passion and heat of Bizet’s score. 

Next Season, the Royal Opera collaborate with Fuel for the first time, presenting the world premiere of Woman & Machine – a ground-breaking binaural opera experience from Mercury-nominated songwriter ESKA, directed by Kirsty Housley. Incorporating the sonic worlds of the neonatal unit and the womb, with influences of contemporary, electronic and Zimbabwean Shona Music, this new work connects themes of life, survival and womanhood.    

This Christmas, a range of family favourites return to our stages. Little Bulb’s Oliver award-winning Wolf Witch Giant Fairy will excite children and families in the Linbury Theatre with the original troupe of travelling players returning as the energetic ensemble cast, bringing this endearing folk opera to new audiences, young and old. On the main stage, music lovers of all ages can enjoy Antony McDonald‘s mischievous production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, newly translated into English by Kelley RourkeMark Wigglesworth conducts two stellar casts including Anna StéphanyHanna HippAnna Devin and Lauren Fagan.  

Following the Irish National Opera’s (INO) Olivier award-winning Bajazet and Least Like The OtherINO and The Royal Opera present their third collaboration: a brand-new staging of Vivaldi’s 1734 opera, L‘Olimpiade. The production is directed by Daisy Evans, with conductor Peter Wheelan leading the Irish Baroque Orchestra

In April, the Jette Parker Artists present a thrilling double-bill. Eleanor Burke directs Martinů‘s surreal one-act opera Larmes de couteau and Harriet Taylor directs John Harbison’s adaptation of text from W.B. Yeats’ Full Moon in March. Both works are conducted by Edward Reeve, who will lead the Britten Sinfonia

The 2023/24 Season also features a raft of beloved revivals including Christof Loy’s La Forza del Destino, Laurent Pelly’s L’elisir d’amore, Oliver Mears’s RigolettoDamiano Michieletto’s heat-soaked double-bill Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Richard Jones’ production of La bohème, Jonathan Kent’s Tosca, Tim Albery’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Moshe Leiser’s and Patrice Caurier’s Madama Butterfly, Katie Mitchell’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Jan Philipp Gloger’s production of Così fan tutte. 

Director of The Royal Opera, Oliver Mears, said: 

“Despite opera in the UK being under pressure as never before, The Royal Opera is determined to mark Antonio Pappano’s final season as Music Director with ambition and style across our diverse output. We embark on the mammoth task of a new Ring cycle directed by Barrie Kosky, produce eight thrilling new productions across both our stages, continue our Covent Garden Handel odyssey, and – as we have for three hundred years – present the very finest singers and conductors working in the world today. This will be a season our audiences will love – and a fitting final bow for one of our most treasured ever colleagues.” 

Royal Opera House across the UK 

The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet present 13 productions in 1500 cinemas across the globe next Season, including such beloved classics as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker and exciting new productions of Carmen, by Damiano Michieletto and Das Rheingold, by Barrie Kosky. 

Message In A Bottle, the acclaimed dance theatre production by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, has also been filmed for cinema release in May 2024, in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK. The international refugee crisis is at the centre of this production – an imagined story about one displaced family, and a universal story of loss, fear, survival, hope and love. Songs including ‘Every Breath You Take’, ‘Roxanne’, ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and ‘Fields of Gold’ feature in new arrangements.    

This is on top of wider digital innovation as we make available 24 more productions on ROH Stream. These will include work from Wayne McGregor, and Joseph Toonga’s See Usas well as The Royal Ballet’s new production of CinderellaThese will be supported by a raft of new behind-the-scenes films, interviews and performances, including a celebration of Antonio Pappano’s tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera; a host of choreographic and vocal masterclasses; and exclusive World Ballet Day content, with rehearsals and insights from across its rich ten-year history. 

We also announce our biggest, boldest and most impactful national learning programme to date, inspiring creativity of children and young people across the country.  Our flagship Create & Learn programmes drive this national output, which sits alongside industry-leading talent development projects, a new partnership in South Yorkshire, with Rotherham, and a raft of daytime events, family activities and free concerts in our Covent Garden home. 

In July, we unveil our first ever national Create Day, connecting more than 2,000 children across four locations around the country: Coventry, Doncaster, Thurrock and Covent Garden. Large scale events, connected via live broadcast, take place in each location and see participants perform pieces inspired by Crystal Pite’s Light of Passage, the culmination of months of work in schools around the UK. This will be expanded still further in 2024, with every school in the country being invited to take part, making it the largest shared cultural schools project ever hosted in the UK. 

In Rotherham, we work with local partners to deliver a programme of activity with the aim of reaching every primary school in the region. The programme gives pupils aged 5-11 access to curriculum-linked lesson plans, in school workshops, the chance to see live performances at the Royal Opera House, and to participate in large-scale performance opportunities locally.  It features a collaboration with the Rotherham Music Service on a performance at Magna Science Adventure Centre in June 2024, with more than 1,400 primary school children performing alongside artists of the Royal Opera House in a unique celebration of art, learning and participation.  The programme intends to support the creative confidence of teachers and young people in the run up to Rotherham being the first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025.   

Following on from the great legacy of ROH Bridge, we also launch ROH East, a dedicated new programme which works in Levelling Up for Culture schools across the East of England, building confidence of teachers and inspiring creativity of young people across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent.  We also celebrate the tenth anniversary of Thurrock Trailblazer, which has delivered arts initiatives to almost 100,000 children and young people in 57 schools across the region to date. 

At home in Covent Garden 

Following this Season’s programme of work in support of Ukraine and those displaced by the war, we continue to work with the displaced Ukrainian community inspiring hope through the collective act of singing. This builds on work undertaken across the 2022/23 Season with the Ukrainian community in London. This included the Songs for Ukraine project, as well as dedicated performances from both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, which helped to raise £450,000 for Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. 

Young ROH goes from strength-to-strength in its third year, with 10,000 tickets made available to 16–25-year-olds for just £30. The scheme has helped attract younger audiences, which now make up the single largest audience group at the Royal Opera House. This programme sits alongside six whole house Schools’ Matinees, offered at a heavily discounted rate to state school children, and the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Treat, offering a specially-invited audience the chance to see The Nutcracker in our first ever relaxed performance on the Main Stage. We will welcome more than 10,000 young people up and down the country as part of this project. 

147 events take place in Covent Garden including 16 free Live at Lunch performances and 40 Insights, offering a unique behind-the scenes look at our resident companies. Many of these are broadcast online for free. We also unveil our biggest programme of guided tours to date, offering 11 unique behind-the-curtain experiences which promise to build on the more than 50,000 tour guests we welcomed last Season. This includes high teas, a look at our second home at the High House Production Park in Thurrock, and curated histories of the Royal Opera House through the lens of Pride and International Women’s Day.  

We unveil a host of thought-provoking free exhibitions and displays throughout next Season which bring our spaces to life and invite audiences to delve deeper behind the scenes. These include a celebration of the huge talent that was Maria Callas, celebrating the centennial of her birth, and a dedicated exhibition by photographer Mary McCartney who captured exclusive behind the scenes images of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet The Dante Project. There will also be commemorative displays of beautiful historical costumes including a celebration of the centenary of Nicholas Georgiadis who designed sumptuous costumes for Kenneth MacMillan ballets including Manon and Mayerling.   

Nurturing Talent 

We continue our efforts to offer new projects that develop future talent and drive diversity across both of our art forms and the industry. Following the success of our Pilot Orchestra Mentorship programme in 2022/23, we launch ‘Overture’ in partnership with Black Lives in Music, continuing to work with young musicians aged 18-25 from the global majority or other underrepresented backgrounds to provide essential mentoring tailored to the participants’ individual needs while enhancing skill sets, insight and training in the classical music field.  

Over the Season, we run six more Creative Exchanges with community groups around London, providing a creative space for Royal Opera House artists and external participants to come together, share their experiences and create their own work inspired by ballet and opera stories. 

Chance to Dance, our flagship programme aimed at giving primary school children from areas with limited artistic provision their first opportunity to engage creatively with ballet, expands to include five areas, and the Youth Opera Company, our in-house chorus of 50+ state school children, perform in two main stage productions: Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci and Carmen 

The Jette Parker Artists recruit an additional seven international artists to take their first steps on the international stage; and we welcome our biggest ever cohort of apprentices (15) into a range of departments across the organisation- including roles in costume, lighting, technical and production, IT, and marketing. 

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: 

“I am delighted to introduce our extraordinary 2023/24 Season – a Season packed with bold and exciting new work and much-loved revivals, alongside the biggest and most impactful programme of national learning work in our history. We make full use of our iconic Covent Garden home with a full schedule of daytime events, tours, exhibitions and artistic insights, and continue to secure the future of ballet and opera with our ongoing programme of talent development and innovative creative partnerships.”  

Join us in person, watch in cinemas, via ROH Stream, or experience our work through programmes country wide. Tickets are from £9 across the Season.


New production 
The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
11 – 29 September 2023 

Music Richard Wagner 
Conductor Antonio Pappano 
Director Barrie Kosky 
Set Designer Rufus Didwiszus 
Costume Designer Victoria Behr 
Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti 

Wotan Christopher Maltman 
Alberich Christopher Purves 
Loge Sean Panikkar 
Fricka Marina Prudenskaya 
Freia Kiandra Howarth 
Erda Wiebke Lehmkuhl 
Donner Kostas Smoriginas 
Froh Rodrick Dixon 
Mime Brenton Ryan 
Fasolt In Sung Sim 
Fafner Soloman Howard 
Woglinde Katharina Konradi 
Wellgunde Niamh O’Sullivan 
Flosshilde Marvic Monreal 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in German with English surtitles 

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE. Exceptional philanthropic commitments for the Ring cycle from Ring Chairman’s Circle Alex and Elena Gerko, Ring Principal Benefactors Charles Holloway, and Ring Benefactors Ingemo and Karl Otto Bonnier and Christopher and Sarah Smith 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Mrs Philip Kan, Fondation Socindec, Peter and Fiona Espenhahn, Philipp Freise, Maureen Wheeler, Simon and Virginia Robertson, the Das Rheingold Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor. 

When a precious hoard of gold is stolen from the river Rhine, it unleashes a chain of destructive events, pitting gods and mortals against one another for generations. Wagner’s Ring cycle boasts some of the greatest music ever written for the opera stage. Join us as we embark on a spectacular journey into the world of myth, dream and memory, with the figure of Erda – Mother Earth herself – at its centre. 

Antonio Pappano conducts Barrie Kosky’s bold new imagining of Wagner’s Das Rheingold – which marks the start of a new Ring cycle at The Royal Opera – with an outstanding cast including Christopher Maltman (Wotan) and Christopher Purves (Alberich). 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
19 September – 9 October 2023 
A co-production with De Nationale Opera 

Music Giuseppe Verdi 
Conductor Mark Elder 
Director Christof Loy 
Designer Christian Schmidt 
Lighting Designer Olaf Winter 
Choreographer Otto Pichler 

Donna Leonora Sondra Radvanovsky 
Don Alvaro Brian Jagde 
Don Carlo di Vargas Igor Golovatenko 
Padre Guardiano Evgeny Stavinsky 
Preziosilla Vasilisa Berzhanskaya 
Fra Melitone Rodion Pogossov 
Mastro Trabuco Carlo Bosi 
Marquis of Calatrava James Creswell 
Curra Chanáe Curtis 
Alcalde Thomas D Hopkinson 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

Torn apart by a tragic accident on the night of their elopement, Leonora and Don Alvaro seek refuge in spirituality and solitude. But when war brings Alvaro side-by-side with Leonora’s estranged brother, the legacy of the past threatens to plunge their lives into turmoil once again. 

With its haunting melodic refrain, the rousing ‘Rataplan’ march and Leonora’s soaring prayer, ‘La vergine degli angeli,’ Verdi’s opera is an engrossing psychological drama, encompassing the great themes of fate, life and and love. Christof Loy’s incisive production returns, conducted by Mark Elder and with vivid choreography by Otto Pichler. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
22 September – 5 October 2023 
A co-production with Opéra national de Paris 

Music Gaetano Donizetti 
Conductor Sesto Quatrini 
Director Laurent Pelly 
Set Designer Chantal Thomas 
Costume Designer Laurent Pelly 
Lighting Designer Joël Adam 

Adina Nadine Sierra 
Nemorino Liparit Avetisyan 
Doctor Dulcamara Bryn Terfel 
Belcore Boris Pinkhasovich 
Giannetta Sarah Dufresne 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Professor Paul Cartledge and Judith Portrait OBE 

Country boy Nemorino is determined to win the haughty Adina’s heart, but she refuses to give him the time of day. Can Doctor Dulcamara’s so-called ‘elixir of love’ work its magic? 

Expect sun, fun and vocal acrobatics in Laurent Pelly’s much- loved staging of Donizetti’s intoxicating and witty comedy. Conductor Sesto Quatrini makes his house debut, as does soprano Nadine Sierra in the role of Adina. She is joined by Liparit Avetisyan, Boris Pinkhasovich and the incomparable Bryn Terfel as the genial wheeler-dealer Doctor Dulcamara. 

UK Premiere 
The Royal Opera 
Linbury Theatre 
22 September – 10 October 2023 
Co-commission and co-production with Festival d’Aix-en-ProvenceOpéra National du RhinOpéra Comique, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Oper Köln and Teatro di San Carlo 

Music George Benjamin 
Text Martin Crimp 
Conductor Corinna Niemeyer 
Directors/Set Designers/ Dramaturgs/Lighting Designers Daniel Jeanneteau/ Marie-Christine Soma 
Costume Designer Marie La Rocca 
Video Designer Hicham Berrada 

Woman Ema Nikolovska 
Zabelle Jacquelyn Stucker 
Lover 1/ Composer Beate Mordal 
Lover 2/ Composer’s Assistant Cameron Shahbazi 
Artisan/Collector John Brancy 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in English with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Tina Taylor
Supported by Diaphonique 

An ordinary day. A terrible event. The death of her infant child sets in motion one woman’s search for a life-restoring miracle. All she needs to do – in the course of a single day – is find one genuinely happy human being. But when every encounter ends in disappointment, she turns finally to the mysterious owner of a magnificent garden… 

Following the success of Written on Skin (2013) and Lessons in Love and Violence (2018), George Benjamin and Martin Crimp return to the Royal Opera House for an enigmatic new operatic fable staged in the Linbury Theatre. Corinna Niemeyer (The Rape of Lucretia) conducts a dynamic young cast, co-directed by Daniel Jeanneteau and Marie-Christine Soma. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
30 September – 17 November 2023 

Production and choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa 
Music Ludwig Minkus 
Arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates 
Designer Tim Hatley 
Lighting Designer Hugh Vanstone 
Conductor Valery Ovsyanikov 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, Doug and Ceri King, The Friends of Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund 

Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel of the same name, regales the adventures of the eccentric nobleman Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they help to bring a vivacious young couple, Kitri and Basilio, together.  

Teeming with wit and an abundance of bravura choreography, this energetic 19th-century ballet is enlivened by Ludwig Minkus’ spirited score and is a wonderful showcase for the virtuosity of The Royal Ballet’s Principal dancers. Created for The Royal Ballet a decade ago, Carlos Acosta’s exuberant production brings the sunshine and charm of Spain to the Main Stage with Tim Hatley’s characterful designs. 

World Premiere 
Yorke Dance Project 
Clore Studio 
10 October 2023 

Part of MacMillan Celebrated 

Choreography Kenneth MacMillan 
Music Anton Webern/ Bohuslav Martinů 
Director David Stewart 
Associate Director Yolande Yorke-Edgell 
Producer Jane Shackleton 
Cinematography Paul Francis Jenkins/ Chris Titus King 
Design for the stage Deborah Macmillan re-worked for film by Charlotte Macmillan 

Yorke Dance Project, in association with The Royal Ballet, premiere a film of Kenneth MacMillan’s Sea of Troubles on 10 October, World Mental Health Day. Previously performed to much acclaim at the Royal Opera House and in other national theatres, this visceral and emotional ballet is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. MacMillan retells this classic tale of despair, revenge and madness from Hamlet’s perspective. Choreographed in 1988, its relevance remains undiminished and it still resonates deeply today. Now immortalised on film, Sea of Troubles was filmed on location at the historic Hatfield House. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
12 October – 28 November 2023 

Music Giuseppe Verdi 
Conductors Julia Jones/ Renato Balsadonna 
Director Oliver Mears 
Set Designer Simon Lima Holdsworth 
Costume Designer Ilona Karas  
Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli 
Movement Director Anna Morrissey 

Rigoletto Amartuvshin Enkhbat/ Simon Keenlyside  
Duke of Mantua Stefan Pop/ Saimir Pirgu  
Gilda Pretty Yende/ Erin Morley  
Sparafucile Gianluca Buratto/ Goderdzi Janelidze  
Maddalena Ramona Zaharia/ Elena Maximova  
Count Monterone Fabrizio Beggi/ Bogdan Talos  
Giovanna Veena Akama–Makia  
Marullo Grisha Martirosyan/ Josef Jeongmeen Ahn  
Matteo Borsa Michael Gibson/ Ryan Vaughan–Davies  
Count Ceprano Jamie Woollard 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing and Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis and Melinda and Donald Quintin 

As fool to the Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto is used to getting the last laugh. But when his daughter, Gilda, becomes the object of the Duke’s desire, he soon learns that in a world of power without limits, no one is safe. From the playboy Duke’s swaggering aria ‘La donna è mobile’ to the youthful Gilda’s trembling declaration of love in ‘Caro nome’, Rigoletto contains some of Verdi’s most irresistible melodies. Julia Jones and Renato Balsadonna conduct two stunning casts in Oliver Mears’ darkly elegant production. 

The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Artists 
Clore Studio 
14 October 2023 

Conductors/Répétiteurs André Callegaro/ Edward Reeve  
Ballet Conductor José Ángel Salazar  
Stage Directors Eleanor Burke/ Harriet Taylor 

Sopranos Isabela Díaz/ Sarah Dufresne/ Valentina Puscas  
Mezzo-sopranos Veena Akama-Makia/ Gabrielė Kupšytė  
Tenors Michael Gibson/ Ryan Vaughan-Davies  
Baritones Josef Jeongmeen Ahn/ Grisha Martirosyan  
Bass Jamie Woollard 

With generous support from Oak Foundation 

Hear Jette Parker Artists returning for their second Season, plus the six brand new singers joining them, in an intimate evening of operatic arias, songs from their homelands and favourite pieces of popular repertoire, as voted for online by the public, ahead of the evening. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
20 October – 2 November 2023 

Choreography Valentino Zucchetti  
Music Sergey Rachmaninoff  
Romance orchestrated by Hans Vercauteren  
Designer Jean-Marc Puissant  
Lighting Designer Simon Bennison 

The Cellist 
Choreography Cathy Marston  
Scenario Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp  
Music Philip Feeney after Edward Elgar, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Gabriel Fauré, Felix Mendelssohn, Alfredo Piatti, Sergey Rachmaninoff and Franz Schubert  
Designer Hildegard Bechtler  
Costume Designer Bregje van Balen  
Lighting Designer Jon Clark  
Dramaturgy Edward Kemp 

Conductor Koen Kessels 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing and Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman OBE 

This mixed programme revives two recent one-act ballets created for the Company which both garnered Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for Best Classical Choreography.   

Anemoi was created by First Soloist Valentino Zucchetti in 2021, emerging out of lockdown in energetic swathes of classical movement. Inspired by the Greek wind gods, Anemoi exemplifies the homegrown choreographer’s sophisticated contemporary style. Cathy Marston’s flair for emotive storytelling shines through in The Cellist, a lyrical memoir of cellist Jacqueline du Pré’s life, which was tragically cut short by multiple sclerosis. Rich, poignant, joyous and tragic, the ballet is set to an exquisite score, itself a homage to the cello.  

World premiere 
The Royal Ballet 
Linbury Theatre 
20 – 28 October 2023 

Director Ed Madden  
Choreographer Kristen Mcnally  
Music Isobel Waller-Bridge  
Based on the play by Sam Steiner  
Designer Anisha Fields  
Sound Designer Max Pappenheim  
Original Dance Concept Alexander Campbell Productions 

The average person speaks more than 123 million words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Adapted with Sam Steiner from his award-winning play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, director Ed Madden and choreographer Kristen McNally reimagine this modern classic as a bold, playful and romantic work of dance-theatre with an original score by Isobel Waller-Bridge. Fusing dialogue, dance and music in its depiction of a couple riding the waves of unimaginable change, The Limit is a love story, an exploration of how we relate to one another, and a vivid theatrical experiment. Principals Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell feature as the lead cast during the run. 

Northern Ballet 
Linbury Theatre 
31 October – 2 November 

Adagio Hammerklavier  
Choreography Hans van Manen  
Music Ludwig van Beethoven  
Designer Jean-Paul Vroom  

New Benjamin Ella  
Choreography Benjamin Ella  
Music Jean Sibelius  

New Tiler Peck  
Choreography Tiler Peck 

Northern Ballet returns to the Linbury Theatre with a mixed programme of three complementary works from across the generations, curated by Artistic Director and former Royal Ballet Principal Federico Bonelli. Alongside a new work choreographed by Benjamin Ella, Soloist of The Royal Ballet, and star American ballerina Tiler Peck’s first piece for a European company, the programme includes Adagio Hammerklavier, a true contemporary classic from Dutch master Hans van Manen. 

Linbury Theatre 
4 November 2023 

Choreography and movement direction co-created by Fallen Angels Dance Theatre/ Paul Bayes Kitcher     
Music co-created by New Note Orchestra/ Conall Gleeson    
Production producers Claire Morris/ Molly Matheson   

New Note Orchestra 

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre debuts at the Linbury Theatre, presenting a new work. Led by Artistic Director Paul Bayes Kitcher, former Royal Ballet School student and Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist, the award-winning company supports those recovering from addiction or mental health adversity, helping them to transform their lives and share their recovery journey, through dance, performance and creativity. This work marks the first collaboration between Fallen Angels and New Note Orchestra, a Brighton-based collective of 18 musicians in recovery. 

New production 
The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
8 – 24 November 2023 

Music George Frideric Handel  
Conductor Laurence Cummings  
Director Oliver Mears  
Set Designer Simon Lima Holdsworth  
Costume Designer Ilona Karas  
Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli  
Movement Director Anna Morrissey 

Jephtha Allan Clayton  
Iphis Jennifer France  
Storgè Alice Coote  
Hamor Cameron Shahbazi  
Zebul Brindley Sherratt 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in English with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis, The Estate of Mrs Gertrude Mary Looi, Charles Holloway, Crevan O’Grady and Jane Mcclenahan, Tina Taylor and The Patrons of Covent Garden 

Jephtha’s belief in God is unshakeable. But when he unwittingly vows to sacrifice his own daughter, he will test the bonds of faith – and family – to the limit. Continuing our odyssey into Handel’s Covent Garden works, this gripping new staging by Oliver Mears sheds powerful new light on a timeless biblical tale. Allan Clayton (Peter Grimes) returns to Covent Garden in the title role, joined by a largely British cast featuring Alice Coote, Brindley Sherratt and Jennifer France, with musical direction from baroque specialist Laurence Cummings. 

Ballet Black 
Linbury Theatre 
16 – 19 November 2023 
Co-commissioned by The Barbican 

Then or Now  
Choreography Will Tuckett  
Music Daniel Pioro/ Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber  
Poetry Adrienne Rich  
Poetry Recordings Hafsah Bashir/ Natasha Gordon/ Michael Shaeffer  
Costume Design Yukiko Tsukamoto  
Lighting David Plater 

Nina: By Whatever Means  
Choreography Mthuthuzeli November  
Music Mandisi Dyantyis/ Mthuthuzeli November/ Nina Simone  
Featuring the voices of the Zolani Youth Choir  
Costume design Jessica Cabassa  
Lighting David Plater 

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black returns to the Linbury Theatre with this thrilling selection of works. Opening the mixed programme is Will Tuckett’s Then or Now, originally created in 2020. Emotional and urgent, it pairs Tuckett’s innovative choreographic language with the poetry of feminist Adrienne Rich to explore themes of home and belonging. The work is followed by Nina: By Whatever Means, Mthuthuzeli November’s love letter to the renowned musician, performer and activist Nina Simone. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
18 November – 2 December 
A co-production between The Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet 
Music co-commission with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel 

Choreography Wayne Mcgregor  
Music Thomas Adès  
Design Tacita Dean  
Lighting design (Inferno: PilgrimLucy Carter/ Simon Bennison  
Lighting design (Purgatorio: Love, Paradiso: Poema SacroLucy Carter  
Dramaturgy Uzma Hameed 
Conductor Jonathan Lo 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, David Fransen, John and Susan Burns OBE and The Estate of Howard Hodgkin  
Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor generously supported by Tina Taylor 

‘This man is one who, from the deepest void in all the universe, has seen thus far’.  

Trailblazing forces of the contemporary dance, music and art scene combined in 2021 to breathe new life into Dante Aligheri’s Divine Comedy. Imaginative, poetic and introspective, The Dante Project follows the poet’s journey as he traverses through the shifting spheres of the afterlife. Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed present a monumental reinvention of Dante’s vision, by turns terrifying, lyrical and dazzling, in this compelling award-winning ballet for the full Company. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
30 November – 15 December 2023 
Co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels and The Göteborg Opera 

Conductor Daniel Oren  
Director Damiano Michieletto  
Set Designer Paolo Fantin  
Costume Designer Carla Teti  
Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti 

Cavalleria rusticana  
Music Pietro Mascagni  

Santuzza Aleksandra Kurzak  
Turiddu Roberto Alagna  
Alfio Dimitri Platanias  
Lola Rachael Wilson  
Mamma Lucia Elena Zilio 

Music Ruggero Leoncavallo  

Canio Fabio Sartori  
Nedda Anna Princeva  
Silvio Andrzej Filończyk  
Beppe Mikeldi Atxalandabaso 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

In a remote Italian village, two passionate affairs unfold over a single day. In Cavalleria rusticana, the heartbroken Santuzza wrestles with her conscience as her lover Turiddu lusts after another woman. Meanwhile, in Pagliacci, the tormented clown Canio tries to mask his heartache as he prepares to perform – but before long, the onstage drama descends into real-life tragedy.  

Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning production offers a visceral account of two unforgettable operatic thrillers. Daniel Oren conducts a dazzling cast featuring Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Dimitri Platanias, Fabio Sartori and Anna Princeva. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
6 December 2023 – 13 January 2024 

Choreography Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov  
Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky  
Original scenario Marius Petipa after E.T.A. Hoffman  
Production and scenario Peter Wright  
Designer Julia Trevelyan Oman  
Lighting designer Mark Henderson  
Production consultant Roland John Wiley 
Conductor Andrew Litton/ Charlotte Politi 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Kenneth and Susan Green and Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson 
Generously supported by Van Cleef & Arpels 

After the Christmas lights have dimmed, and everyone is tucked up in bed, Clara is whisked away to a marvellous adventure by the magician Drosselmeyer. She and her Nutcracker companion battle the irascible Mouse King, delight in the wintery landscapes of the Land of Snow and journey to meet the radiant Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s period designs bring festive charm to Peter Wright’s beloved Royal Ballet production, as fairytale magic comes together with spectacular dancing in this unforgettable classic ballet. 

The Royal Ballet 
Clore Studio 
11 – 13 December 2023 

Choreography Various 

Each Season, as part of The Royal Ballet’s longstanding commitment to fostering creativity and supporting new voices in dance, Draft Works offers a chance for emergent choreographic talent within the Company to experiment and create new work. With the works existing at different stages of creation, explore movement and new directions in classical ballet. 

The Royal Opera and Little Bulb 
Linbury Theatre 
11 December 2023 – 6 January 2024 

Conceived by Clare Beresford, Dominic Conway and Alexander Scott 
Musical Director Dominic Conway  
Director Alexander Scott  
Set and Costume Designer Samuel Wyer  
Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo  
Sound Designer Ed Clarke  
Consultant Musical Director Yshani Perinpanayagam 

Created, devised and performed by the ensemble  
Narrator Peter Brathwaite  
Red Riding Hood Clare Beresford  
Wolf Tom Penn  
Grandmother Jon Whitten  
Mother/Baba Yaga Claire Wild    
Cat Alexander Scott  
Head Villager Dominic Conway  
Golden Goose Eugénie Pastor  
Peddler Shamira Turner  
Giant Miriam Gould 

Following the Olivier Award-winning run in 2021 (Best Family Show), don’t miss the return of this ‘enchantingly staged’ folk opera (The Stage).  

Red Riding Hood is tasked with delivering bread to her Grandmother, deep in the heart of the fairy-tale forest. But en route, Red meets a cunning Wolf who tricks her into taking a different path. Along the way, Red stumbles into a colourful cast of characters, including a scary witch, a talking cat and a rather persuasive Peddler. Join our ragtag band of wild musicians as they guide all the family through this famous tale with new twists, turns, magic and song. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
16 December 2023 – 7 January 2024 
Co-production with San Francisco Opera 

Music Engelbert Humperdinck  
Conductor Mark Wigglesworth  
Director Antony McDonald  
Designer Antony McDonald  
Lighting Designer Lucy Carter  
Movement Director Lucy Burge  
English Translation Kelley Rourke 

Hansel Anna Stéphany/ Hanna Hipp  
Gretel Anna Devin/ Lauren Fagan  
Witch Rosie Aldridge/ Tichina Vaughn  
Gertrud Susan Bickley  
Peter Darren Jeffery  
Sandman Isabela Diaz  
Dew Fairy Sarah Dufresne 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in English with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund 

Left to fend for themselves in the forest, ravenous siblings Hansel and Gretel can’t believe their luck when they discover a gingerbread house filled with sweet treats. But they will need to keep their wits about them if they are to escape the clutches of the hungry Witch who lives there….  

Antony McDonald’s mischievous production is sung in a lively new English translation. Music-lovers will be delighted by Humperdinck’s luscious score which is conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, with a fabulous cast including Anna Stéphany and Hanna Hipp (Hansel), and Anna Devin and Lauren Fagan (Gretel). 

New production 
The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
12 – 30 January 2024 

Music Richard Strauss  
Conductor Antonio Pappano  
Director Christof Loy  
Designer Johannes Leiacker  
Lighting Designer Olaf Winter 

Elektra Nina Stemme  
Chrysothemis Sara Jakubiak  
Klytämnestra Karita Mattila  
Orest Lukasz Golinski  
Ägisth Charles Workman  
Orest’s Tutor Michael Mofidian  
First Maid Noa Beinart  
Second Maid Veena Akama-Makia  
Third Maid Gabrielė Kupšytė  
Fourth Maid Ella Taylor  
Fifth Maid Valentina Puscas  
Overseer Lee Bisset  
Young Servant Michael Gibson  
Old Servant Jeremy White 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in German with English surtitles 

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE.  
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, Charles Holloway, The Maestro’s Circle and The Friends of Covent Garden 

Grief turns into a violent quest for revenge.  

King Agamemnon has been murdered by his wife Klytämnestra and her lover, Ägisth. Princess Chrysothemis urges caution, but her sister, Elektra, cannot rest until she has killed her own mother. With a score memorably described by one critic as ‘the colour of blood’, Richard Strauss’ audacious adaptation of the iconic Greek tragedy has shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Expect musical and dramatic fireworks in Christof Loy’s new production, starring Nina Stemme in the title role and Karita Mattila as the guilt-stricken Klytämnestra. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
17 January – 8 March 2024 

Part of MacMillan Celebrated 

Choreography Kenneth Macmillan  
Music Jules Massenet  
Orchestration Martin Yates  
Designer Nicholas Georgiadis  
Lighting designer Jacopo Pantani  
Conductor Koen Kessels 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman OBE, Kenneth and Susan Green, The Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund, Melinda and Donald Quintin and The Patrons of Covent Garden.  
Original Production (1974) made possible by The Linbury Trust 

Torn between her desire of a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux, the capricious Manon pays the ultimate price. This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies Kenneth MacMillan at his best, his acute insight into human psychology and his mastery of narrative choreography finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple, visceral and urgent in their desire. The heroine’s struggle to escape poverty make Manon one of the most dramatic and devastating of ballets, emphasized by Nicholas Georgiadis’ evocative designs that reflect the juxtaposition between Manon’s impoverished origins and the lavish world she longs to inhabit. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
24 January – 16 February 2024 
Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Music Giacomo Puccini  
Conductors Keri-Lynn Wilson/ Evelino Pidò  
Director Richard Jones  
Designer Stewart Laing  
Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin  
Movement Director Sarah Fahie 

Mimì Ruzan Mantashyan/ Angela Gheorghiu/ Yaritza Véliz  
Rodolfo Saimir Pirgu/ Stefan Pop/ Leonardo Caimi  
Marcello Mikhail Timoshenko/ Andrey Zhilikhovsky/ Gihoon Kim  
Musetta Danielle De Niese/ Simona Mihai/ Andrea Carroll  
Schaunard Hansung Yoo/ Zoltan Nagy/ Josef Jeongmeen Ahn  
Colline Alexander Köpeczi/ Michael Mofidian/ William Thomas  
Benoit Jeremy White  
Alcindoro Eddie Wade/ Wyn Pencarreg 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

“Your tiny hand is frozen…”  

It’s love at first sight for Mimì and Rodolfo, but as Rodolfo and his fellow penniless bohemians struggle to make ends meet, Mimì and her friend Musetta are forced to make difficult choices to survive, and soon, a force even greater than love will overwhelm them all.  

With its soaring love duets, intimate arias and spectacular chorus scenes, it’s easy to understand the enduring appeal of Puccini’s timeless Parisian tale. Keri-Lynn Wilson and Evelino Pidò conduct three wonderful casts in Richard Jones’ captivating production. 

Northern Ballet 
Linbury Theatre 
27 – 29 January 2024 

Choreographer Dreda Blow/ Sebastian Loe  
Set Design Ali Allen  
Composer Bruno Merz 

The race is on in Northern Ballet’s Tortoise & the Hare. When a cheeky Hare won’t stop boasting about how fast he can run, thoughtful Tortoise decides it is time to join him in a race. No one thinks Tortoise can win, but when Hare gets distracted by games and treats, Tortoise might just surprise us all. The perfect introduction to live ballet and music, your little ones will be cheering along as a playful cast of characters re-tell this classic tale. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
5 – 24 February 2024 
1 – 21 July 2024 

Music Giacomo Puccini  
Conductors Karen Kamensek/ Andrea Battistoni/ Christopher Willis  
Director Jonathan Kent  
Designer Paul Brown  
Lighting Designer Mark Henderson 

Floria Tosca Ausrine Stundyte/ Angel Blue/ Sonya Yoncheva  
Mario Cavaradossi Marcelo Puente/ Russell Thomas/ Yusif Eyvazov  
Baron Scarpia Gabriele Viviani/ Ludovic Tézier/ Aleksei Isaev  
Spoletta Peter Hoare/ Colin Judson/ Hubert Francis  
Cesare Angelotti Grisha Martirosyan/ Germán E. Alcántara/ Christian Federici 
Sacristan Henry Waddington/ Jeremy White  
Sciarrone Jamie Woollard 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing and Alan and Caroline Howard.  
Supported by Veuve Clicquot 

Floria Tosca is a celebrated opera singer whose glamorous life is turned upside down when her lover is arrested by the Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Spying an opportunity to satisfy both his political and personal desires, Scarpia lures Tosca into a deadly trap… Puccini’s score evokes revolutionary Rome in all its glory, with popular highlights including the earth-shattering Te Deum, Tosca’s moving ‘Vissi d’arte’ and Cavaradossi’s poignant ‘E lucevan le stelle.’ Karen Kamensek, Andrea Battistoni and Christopher Willis conduct Jonathan Kent’s classic production, starring Ausrine Stundyte, Angel Blue, Sonya Yoncheva, Marcelo Puente, Russell Thomas, Yusif Eyvazov and Gabriele Viviani, Ludovic Tézier and Aleksei Isaev. 

The Royal Ballet 
Various venues 
12 – 21 February 2024 

Choreography Various 

Generous philanthropic support from Tina Taylor, ROH Young Philanthropists and The Festival of New Choreography Production Syndicate  
New Robert Binet work supported by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels 

The Festival of New Choreography is a series of performances, events and activities taking place on the Main Stage, Linbury Theatre, Paul Hamlyn Hall and Clore Studio, that aims to embrace and champion new, diverse voices in choreography. Part of The Royal Ballet’s commitment to choreographic innovation and nurturing the future of the art form, the festival will include an immersive new production by Robert Binet for The Royal Ballet in the Linbury Theatre. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
29 February – 16 March 2024 

Music Richard Wagner  
Conductor Henrik Nánási  
Director Tim Albery  
Set Designer Michael Levine  
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman  
Lighting Designer David Finn  
Movement Philippe Giraudeau 

The Dutchman Bryn Terfel  
Senta Elisabet Strid  
Daland Stephen Milling  
Erik Toby Spence  
Mary Kseniia Nikolaieva  
Steersman Miles Mykkanen 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in German with English surtitles 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, The Wagner Circle and The Patrons of Covent Garden 

A man doomed to sail the seas for all eternity unless he finds true love, and a woman determined to save him. From its stormy overture to the climactic finale, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) pulls you into its depths.  

Praised in The Independent as ‘an immersive and immersing experience’, Tim Albery’s brooding and atmospheric production situates the action in a modern coastal town. Henrik Nánási conducts Wagner’s first undisputed masterpiece, featuring Elisabet Strid as Senta, in her house debut, and Bryn Terfel, who returns as a memorable Dutchman ‘whose soul goes fathoms deep’ (FT). 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
6 March – 11 May 2024 
12 – 28 June 2024 

Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov  
Additional Choreography Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton  
Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky  
Production Liam Scarlett  
Designer John Macfarlane  
Lighting designer David Finn 
Conductor Jonathan Lo/ Martin Georgiev/ Koen Kessels 

Royal Ballet Sinfonia 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, John and Susan Burns OBE, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman OBE, Kenneth and Susan Green, Alan and Caroline Howard, Doug and Ceri King, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson and The Friends of Covent Garden 

Out hunting, Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans. One among them transforms into the beautiful human Odette and he is immediately enamoured. But Odette is bound by a spell which keeps her captive as a swan during the day. Can Siegfried free her? Tchaikovsky’s sensational score combines with the evocative imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane to heighten the dramatic pathos of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s quintessential ballet classic. Swan Lake remains to this day one of the best-loved works in the classical ballet canon. 

World premiere 
The Royal Opera 
Linbury Theatre 
6 – 16 March 2024 
Co-production with Fuel 

Creator/Composer/Co-Librettist Eska    
Co-Creator/Director/Co-Librettist Kirsty Housley 

A ground-breaking binaural opera from Mercury-nominated artist ESKA, Woman & Machine charts her three-month experience in the neonatal unit of King’s College Hospital when her daughter was born at just 26 weeks. Incorporating the sonic worlds of neonatal units and the womb, this new work explores the entwining stories of those who occupy the units, and delves into ESKA’s life and Zimbabwean heritage, connecting themes of life, survival, medicalisation, womanhood and motherhood.  

This is the first collaboration between Fuel and The Royal Opera. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
14 March – 15 April 2024 
12 – 18 July 2024 

Music Giacomo Puccini  
Conductor Kevin John Edusei  
Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier  
Set Designer Christian Fenouillat  
Costume Designer Agostino Cavalca  
Lighting Designer Christophe Forey 

Cio-Cio-San Asmik Grigorian/ Hrachuhí Bassénz  
Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton Joshua Guerrero/ SeokJong Baek  
Sharpless Lauri Vasar/ Andrè Schuen  
Suzuki Hongni Wu/ Enkelejda Shkoza  
Goro Ya-Chung Huang/ Colin Judson  
The Bonze Jeremy White  
Prince Yamadori Josef Jeongmeen Ahn  
Kate Pinkerton Veena Akama-Makia/ Gabrielė Kupšytė  
Imperial Commissioner Romanas Kudriašovas 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

When American naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton marries young geisha Cio-Cio-San in Nagasaki, Japan, she believes they are making a binding promise for life. Years pass with no sign of Pinkerton’s return, but still she waits for the day when his ship will sail into the harbour.  

For all the beauty and romance of the music, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly remains a deeply moving – and troubling – story, fatally bound up with the destructive forces of imperialism. This Season there are two chances to catch Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s poignant, painterly production, with Kevin John Edusei conducting three fantastic casts. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
20 March – 13 April 2024 

Part of MacMillan Celebrated 

Choreography Kenneth Macmillan  

Danses Concertantes  
Music Igor Stravinsky  
Designer Nicholas Georgiadis  
Lighting Designer John B. Read  

Different Drummer  
Music Anton Webern/ Arnold Schoenberg  
Set designs Kenneth Macmillan  
Costume designs Yolanda Sonnabend in association with Peter Farley  
Lighting design John B. Read 

Music Gabriel Fauré  
Designs Yolanda Sonnabend in association with Peter Farley  
Lighting design John B. Read 

Conductor Koen Kessels 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen and The Macmillan Production Syndicate 

Generous philanthropic support from Richard Baker in memory of Delia Baker 

The Royal Ballet celebrates the breadth of Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballets. Danses Concertantes, commissioned by Ninette de Valois in 1955, was MacMillan’s first major work. An early sign of the incredible artistic output that would follow, the work’s critical success spurred MacMillan to abandon performing in favour of choreography. It is followed by Different Drummer, MacMillan’s complex and haunting balletic interpretation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s play about a soldier’s descent into madness. The mixed programme concludes with Requiem, his 1976 work for Stuttgart Ballet, created in memory of its late artistic director and MacMillan’s friend John Cranko. 

Yorke Dance Project 
Linbury Theatre 
20 – 21 March 2024 

Part of MacMillan Celebrated 

El Penitente  
Choreography Martha Graham  
Music Louis Horst  
Set Isamu Noguchi  

Meta 4  
Choreography Bella Lewitzky  
Music Robert Xavier Rodriguez  

Choreography Kenneth Macmillan  
Music Richard Rodney Bennett 

California Connections celebrates three powerful female pioneers of modern dance who were inspired by living there: Isadora Duncan, a California native; Martha Graham, who spent her formative years in Santa Barbara; and Bella Lewitzky, who based her company in Los Angeles. The programme features Isadora, a reworking of Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic and moving work for The Royal Ballet alongside Martha Graham’s legendary work El Penitente. A re-staging of Bella Lewitzky’s acclaimed quartet Meta 4 will complete the programme, featuring guest artists from the US and UK. 

Sydney Dance Company 
Linbury Theatre 
25 – 28 March 

I Am–ness  
Choreography Rafael Bonachela  
Music Pēteris Vasks  
Costume Designer Rafael Bonachela  
Costume Designers Realisation Aleisa Jelbart  
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper 

The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird  
Choreography Marina Mascarell in collaboration with Sophie Jones/ Jesse Scales/ Lucy Angel/ Coco Wood/ Liam Green/ Dean Elliott/ Emily Seymour/ Jacopo Grabar/ Luke Hayward  
Music Nick Wales  
Set and Costume Designers Lauren Brincat/ Leah Giblin  
Lighting Designer Damian Cooper  

Forever & Ever  
Choreography Antony Hamilton  
Music Julian Hamilton  
Costume Designer Paula Levis  
Lighting Designer Ben Cisterne 

Sydney Dance Company presents a bold mixed programme of diverse works exploring themes of humanity, technology and nature. Brimming with physicality, Ascent tempers contemporary classical with futuristic experimentation. Brought to life by Sydney Dance Company’s superb ensemble and a host of renowned Australian and international artists, Ascent will be an evening of thought-provoking contemporary dance, featuring the UK premiere of I Am-ness by artistic director Rafael Bonachela, Marina Mascarell’s The ShellA Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird and Antony Hamilton’s Forever & Ever (Helpmann Award). 

New production 
The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
5 April – 31 May 2024 
Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan 

Music Georges Bizet  
Conductors Antonello Manacorda/ Emmanuel Villaume  
Director Damiano Michieletto  
Set Designer Paolo Fantin  
Costume Designer Carla Teti  
Lighting Designer Alessandro Carletti 

Carmen Aigul Akhmetshina/ Vasilisa Berzhanskaya  
Don José Piotr Beczala/ Brandon Jovanovich  
Micaëla Olga Kulchynska/ Liana Aleksanyan/ Gemma Summerfield  
Escamillo Kostas Smoriginas/ Andrei Kymach  
Zuniga Blaise Malaba/ Jamie Woollard  
Moralès Grisha Martirosyan  
Frasquita Sarah Dufresne/ Isabela Díaz  
Mercédès Gabrielė Kupšytė  
Dancaïro Pierre Doyen/ Josef Jeongmeen Ahn  
Remendado Vincent Ordonneau/ Ryan Vaughan-Davies 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in French with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis, David Fransen, Melinda and Donald Quintin and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund 

Carmen is a free spirit who refuses to be tamed. The soldier Don José knows this, yet he cannot resist. Drawn into a volatile criminal underworld, it isn’t long before the liberating force of desire meets the violent consequences of jealousy.  

Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet’s score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda and Emmanuel Villaume conduct an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya sharing the title role. 

The Royal Ballet and Guest Companies 
Linbury Theatre 
10 – 13 April 2024 

Choreography Various 

The Royal Ballet, together with various international companies, present a programme of new works made by emergent choreographic voices in the global dance industry. International Draft Works is an opportunity to witness ballet’s choreographic landscape and gain insight into how the art form is evolving throughout the world. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
19 April – 18 May 2024 
Co-production with Greek National Opera 

Music Gaetano Donizetti  
Conductor Giacomo Sagripanti  
Director Katie Mitchell  
Designer Vicki Mortimer  
Lighting Designer Jon Clark  
Movement Director Joseph Alford 

Lucia Nadine Sierra/ Liv Redpath  
Edgardo Xabier Anduaga/ Dmitry Korchak  
Enrico Ashton Artur Ruciński  
Raimondo Bidebent In Sung Sim  
Arturo Bucklaw Andrés Presno  
Normanno Michael Gibson  
Alisa Rachael Lloyd 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

Caught in a family feud, and cornered by the men around her, Lucia becomes haunted by memories of the past. When she is tricked into marrying Arturo against her will, the scene is set for a shocking climax.  

Praised for its intelligence and searing insight, Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed production returns to The Royal Opera, bringing a bold, feminist vision to Donizetti’s setting of Walter Scott’s gothic novel. Nadine Sierra and Liv Redpath, in her house debut, share the title role, with Giacomo Sagripanti conducting an opera rich in stratospheric vocal highs and breath-taking ensembles. 

New production 
The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Artists 
Linbury Theatre 
24 April – 4 May 2024 

Larmes De Couteau  
Music Bohuslav Martinů  
Texts Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes  
Director Eleanor Burke 

Eleanora Valentina Puscas  
Mother Veena Akama-Makia  
Satan Kamohelo Tsotetsi 

Sung in French with English surtitles 

Full Moon in March  
Music John Harbison  
Texts WB Yeats  
Director Harriet Taylor  

Queen Veena Akama-Makia  
Swineherd Kamohelo Tsotetsi  
First Attendant Valentina Puscas 

Conductor Edward Reeve 

Britten Sinfonia 

Generous support from Oak Foundation 

In Bohuslav Martinů’s surreal Larmes de couteau (1928) a young woman considers two prospective lovers. She is besotted with a hanged man, but her mother urges her to marry their neighbour, Satan. Dada meets foxtrot, jazz, ragtime and blues, in this one-act opera with echos of Kurt Weill and café-théâtre.  

There are resonances of Turandot and Salome in John Harbison’s adaptation of text from WB Yeats for his rarely performed piece Full Moon in March (1977). A bored swineherd attempts to seduce a cruel queen in order to become king. After winning her hand, she has him decapitated, and her shadow dances with his head. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
3 May – 1 June 2024 
A co-production between The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada 

Choreography Christopher Wheeldon  
Scenario Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot  
Music Joby Talbot  
Designer Bob Crowley  
Lighting Designer Natasha Katz  
Projection Designer Daniel Brodie  
Silk Effects Designer Basil Twist 
Conductor Koen Kessels 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, John and Susan Burns OBE, Kenneth and Susan Green and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund  
Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green 

King Leontes of Sicilia is crippled with an all-consuming jealousy when his friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, stays with him and his wife Hermione. What follows is a tale where a marriage is destroyed, a child is abandoned and all hope seemingly lost for two lovers.  

Shakespeare’s profound story of love and loss, artfully adapted into a contemporary three-act narrative ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, returns to the Main Stage. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Winter’s Tale is an award-winning modern ballet classic, packed with emotional turmoil heightened by Joby Talbot’s compelling score and Bob Crowley’s atmospheric designs. 

New Production 
The Royal Opera 
Linbury Theatre 
13 – 25 May 2024 
Co-production with Irish National Opera and NOF – Nouvel Opéra Fribourg 

Composer Antonio Vivaldi  
Librettist Pietro Metastasio  
Conductor Peter Whelan   
Director Daisy Evans 

Irish Baroque Orchestra 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Tina Taylor 

Following the enormous success of Irish National Opera’s Olivier Award-winning Bajazet and last Season’s dynamic premiere of Brian Irvine and Netia Jones’ Least Like The Other, INO and The Royal Opera present their third collaboration: a brand-new staging of Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade. Brought to life in the intimate Linbury Theatre, this baroque rarity from 1734 promises invigorating feats of vocal virtuosity, as a host of sporting suitors compete for the hand of Princess Aristea at the Olympics. Let the games begin…   

Peter Whelan conducts the Irish Baroque Orchestra, while Daisy Evans makes her ROH debut in an engaging new staging. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
16 May 2024 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE 

In May, a farewell concert for Antonio Pappano will see a starry list of guests come together with the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in celebration of his 23-year tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
30 May – 11 June 2024 
Co-production with China National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing and San Francisco Opera 

Music Umberto Giordano  
Conductor Antonio Pappano  
Director David McVicar  
Set Designer Robert Jones  
Costume Designer Jenny Tiramani  
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman  
Movement Director Andrew George 

Andrea Chénier Jonas Kaufmann  
Maddalena Di Coigny Sondra Radvanovsky  
Carlo Gérard Carlos Álvarez  
Bersi Katia Ledoux  
The Incredible Alexander Kravets  
Roucher Ashley Riches  
Madelon Elena Zilio  
Contessa Di Coigny Rosalind Plowright  
Pietro Fléville William Dazeley  
The Abbé Aled Hall  
Mathieu James Cleverton  
Fouquier-Tinville Eddie Wade  
Dumas Jamie Woollard  
Schmidt Jeremy White  
Major-Domo Simon Thorpe 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Aud Jebsen, David Fransen, Peter Harrison and Fiona Willis, Alan and Caroline Howard, John Sunderland and George Shishkovsky, The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund, Martin and Jane Houston, The Friends of Covent Garden and The Andrea Chenier Production Syndicate 
Supported by Rolex 

At a glittering party in 18th-century Paris, the poet Andréa Chenier delivers an impassioned denunciation of Louis XVI. Five years later, the Revolution has given way to the Terror, transforming the power balance between Chénier, his beloved Maddalena and Gérard, the man who could destroy him… Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano – who conducts Giordano’s epic historical drama of revolution and forbidden love in his last production as Music Director of The Royal Opera. 

Main Stage 
4 – 9 June 2024 

Part of Ashton Celebrated 

Choreography Frederick Ashton 

Two programmes to include:  

Valses nobles et sentimentales  
Music Maurice Ravel  
Design Sophie Fedorovitch  

Dante Sonata  
Music Franz Liszt  
Design Sophie Fedorovitch  

Music Malcolm Williamson  
Design after Peter Rice  

Music William Walton  
Design John Armstrong 

Part of Ashton Worldwide, the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s international festival 2024 — 2028 

The Sarasota Ballet has grown over the past decade into one of America’s leading ballet companies, garnering acclaim for its extensive repertory of Frederick Ashton’s works. Director Iain Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, former Royal Ballet dancers, bring to the Linbury Theatre a selection of works, shown over two programmes, that pays tribute to Ashton’s remarkable choreographic range and celebrates his legacy as Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and a pioneer of 20th-century ballet. Works shown will include Valses nobles et sentimentales, Dante Sonata, Sinfonietta and Façade, among others. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
6 – 19 June 2024 

Part of Ashton Celebrated 

Choreography Frederick Ashton  

Les Rendezvous  
Music Daniel-François-Esprit Auber  
Musical arrangement Constant Lambert  

The Dream  
Music Felix Mendelssohn  
Musical arrangement John Lanchbery  
Designer David Walker  
Lighting designer John B. Read  

Music Sergey Rachmaninoff  
Set designer Frederick Ashton  
Original costume designer William Chappell  
Costume designs re-created by Natalia Stewart  
Lighting designer Peter Teigen 

Conductor Charlotte Politi (Rhapsody)/ Barry Wordsworth (The Dream and Les Rendezvous) 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, John and Susan Burns OBE, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman OBE, The Fonteyn Circle and The Patrons of Covent Garden  

The Dream  
Generous philanthropic support from Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson  

Part of Ashton Worldwide, the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s international festival 2024 — 2028 

This mixed programme opens with the buoyant Les Rendezvous, a fizzing succession of dances following a group of friends who meet in a park. The Dream, Ashton’s witty and tender reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, follows set to Felix Mendelssohn’s gossamer-light music. The one-act ballet follows two pairs of mortal lovers, their fates at the hands of Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of Fairies. Ashton’s lyrical masterpiece, Rhapsody, concludes the programme, its explosive jumps and fleet footwork a bravura match for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

The Royal Ballet 
Main Stage 
7 – 22 June 2024 

Part of Ashton Celebrated 

Choreography Frederick Ashton  

The Dream  
Music Felix Mendelssohn  
Musical arrangement John Lanchbery  
Designer David Walker  
Lighting designer John B. Read  

Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan  
Music Johannes Brahms  
Costume designs David Dean  
Lighting design John B. Read  

The Sarasota Ballet  
The Walk to the Paradise Garden  
Music Frederick Delius 

Hamlet and Ophelia  
Music Franz Liszt  
Recreated and staged by Wayne Eagling  
Painter and Designer Sarah Armstrong-Jones  
Costumes realized by James Kelly  

Music Sergey Rachmaninoff  
Set designer Frederick Ashton  
Original costume designer William Chappell  
Costume designs re-created by Natalia Stewart  
Lighting designer Peter Teigen 

Conductor Charlotte Politi (Rhapsody), Barry Wordsworth (The Dream and Short Works) 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, John and Susan Burns OBE, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman OBE, The Fonteyn Circle and The Patrons of Covent Garden  

The Dream  
Generous Philanthropic Support from Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson 

Part of Ashton Worldwide, the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s international festival 2024 — 2028 

Frederick Ashton’s masterful Shakespearian character study The Dream and his exhilarating ballet Rhapsody, created for the stellar talents of Mikhael Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, come together again in this second mixed programme of Ashton ballets. Completing the demonstration of the master choreographer’s abundant creativity is a selection of short works: Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan, Ashton’s homage to the legendary dancer; Hamlet and Ophelia, a restaging of the Hamlet Prelude choreographed for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev; plus The Walk to the Paradise Garden performed by The Sarasota Ballet who lead the choreographer’s celebrations in the Linbury Theatre. 

The Royal Ballet and Guest Companies 
Linbury Theatre 
11 – 29 June 2024 

The Next Generation Festival brings together junior companies and exceptional dance schools from the UK, across Europe and around the world to celebrate dance. A showcase of national and international talent, these young dancers will present a range of exciting works that demonstrate the diversity of performing talent globally. Witness the immense potential of dance as it blossoms into its vibrant future. 

The Royal Opera 
Main Stage 
26 June – 9 July 2024 

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  
Conductor Alexander Soddy  
Director Jan Philipp Gloger  
Set Designer Ben Baur  
Costume Designer Karin Jud  
Lighting Designer Bernd Purkrabek 

Fiordiligi Golda Schultz  
Dorabella Samantha Hankey  
Ferrando Daniel Behle  
Guglielmo Andrè Schuen  
Despina Jennifer France  
Don Alfonso Gerald Finley 

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles 
Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing 

Two confident young men make a bet to prove the fidelity of their girlfriends. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, it turns out, as their experiment descends into a dizzying game of seduction and heartbreak.  

Since Mozart’s comedy first scandalised audiences in 1790, Così fan tutte has lost none of its sting. ‘All women do it,’ alleges the master manipulator Don Alfonso. Make up your own mind and revel in the wit and glamour of Jan Philipp Gloger’s production, which returns to the Royal Opera House, conducted by Alexander Soddy and featuring a stellar cast. 

The Royal Ballet School 
Main Stage 
6 July 2024 

Royal Ballet Sinfonia 

The Royal Ballet School presents a diverse programme, featuring classical and contemporary works which showcase these young dancers’ prowess, versatility and imagination. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse the rising ballet stars of the future and the remarkable skills and artistry they are honing as they train at one of the world’s leading ballet schools. 

The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Artists 
Main Stage 
20 July 2024 

Directors Eleanor Burke/ Harriet Taylor  
Conductors André Callegaro/ Edward Reeve/ José Ángel Salazar 

Sopranos Isabela Díaz/ Sarah Dufresne/ Valentina Puscas  
Mezzo-sopranos Veena Akama-Makia/ Gabrielė Kupšytė  
Tenors Michael Gibson/ Ryan Vaughan-Davies  
Baritones Josef Jeongmeen Ahn/ Grisha Martirosyan  
Bass Jamie Woollard 

Generous support from Oak Foundation 

This annual showcase for the Royal Opera’s company artists is a firm favourite in opera-goers’ calendar. Jette Parker Artists regularly go on to international success and leading roles in the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Catch them at the start of their careers in a mixed programme of staged scenes. A perfect introduction to opera by Covent Garden’s future stars as well as something for the cognoscenti.