The Royal Opera House UK Season 2021-2022

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The Royal Opera House UK Season 2021-2022


Opening on Monday 13 September, the Season includes five world premieres from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, classic revivals and an exciting roster of international and UK talent performing across the two stages of the Royal Opera House.

In its 90th anniversary year, The Royal Ballet presents a Season that respects the past and heralds the future. Three world premieres, including Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project, Christopher Wheeldon’s Like Water for Chocolate and a new work by American choreographer Kyle Abraham, are performed alongside much-loved 19th-century classics and heritage ballets by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.

The Linbury Theatre hosts a raft of partnerships and co-productions including with Ballet Black, Alessandra Ferri, Yorke Dance Project and a world premiere from Company Wayne McGregor. Creative opportunities for emerging talent will also feature with Draft Works and the Next Generation Festival. The Season culminates in July 2022 with The Royal Ballet making a welcome return to international touring with a three-week tour of Japan where the Company will perform Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Peter Wright’s Giselle.

The Royal Opera Season will open with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Oliver Mears – his first production since becoming The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera in 2017. This new production will receive its premiere in September 2021, with Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In its 75th year, The Royal Opera strengthens its commitment to the works of Benjamin Britten, George Frideric Handel and Leoš Janáček with new productions of Peter GrimesTheodora and the long-awaited premiere of Jenůfa. Also given its premiere this Season is a new production of Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand-opera Samson et Dalila, while international and British talent are cast in repertory favourites including ToscaLa traviata and Così fan tutte.

The Linbury Theatre presents two opera world premieres:  Laura Bowler’s The Blue Woman, directed by Katie Mitchell, and Wolf Witch Giant Fairy – a magical new family show in collaboration with Little Bulb opening in time for Christmas. Spring 2022 will see director Adele Thomas bring Vivaldi’s Bajazet to life in a new production – the first Vivaldi opera to be staged at the Royal Opera House.

In June 2022 Tom Coult’s Violet will bepresented off site at the Hackney Empire with co-producers Music Theatre Wales and Britten Pears Arts

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Oliver Mears © Alun Callender, 2020

Stream Insights: Rigoletto

17–29 September 2021

Online onlyOpera and music

Discover all there is to know about Oliver Mears’s spectacular new production of Rigoletto. Watch on YouTube. Watch now

Production image of The Magic Flute ©2017 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

The Magic Flute

17 September–7 October 2021

Main StageOpera and music

David McVicar’s spectacular production of Mozart’s comic opera will transport you to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and starry skies.Buy ticketsMore info

The Bow St frontage of the Royal Opera House

Covent Garden Legends and Landmarks Tour

18 September–19 December 2021

Royal Opera HouseTours

Step back into history and discover more about the Royal Opera House and the legends of London’s Covent Garden.

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Artwork for Oliver Mears's new production of Rigoletto, The Royal Opera ©2021 ROH. Design by Dan Muzzi

Rigoletto

18 September 2021–12 March 2022

Main StageOpera and music

The Royal Opera’s new production of Verdi’s devastating masterpiece

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Paul Hamlyn Hall interior ©2018 ROH. Photograph by Luke Hayes

ROH tour

21 September 2021–7 January 2022

Royal Opera HouseTours

Explore our stunning building, learn about its colourful history and what it takes to stage a production in one of the world’s leading theatres

.Buy ticketsMore infoVelvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour

21 September–16 December 2021

Royal Opera HouseTours

Explore the oldest Victorian auditorium in London

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Pride flag, NHS Performance at the Royal Opera House ©2021 ROH. Photograph by Lara Cappelli

Pride of the ROH

23 September–14 November 2021

Royal Opera HouseTours

Explore the rich contributions made by the LGBTQ+ icons who have helped shape The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.

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Asmik Grigorian ©Algirdas Bakas

Insights: Masterclass with Asmik Grigorian

23 September 2021

Linbury Theatre

Soprano Asmik Grigorian coaches the next generation of performers from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

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Main Stage Auditorium, Royal Opera House

Friends Rehearsals

25 September 2021–28 February 2022

Main StageBallet and danceOpera and music

Friends of Covent Garden have the opportunity to purchase tickets to open rehearsals

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Recitals at Lunch, The Crush Room ©2018 ROH.  Photographed by Roger Way

Recitals at Lunch

27 September–29 November 2021

Royal Opera HouseOpera and music

Experience an exciting programme of music in the opulent setting of the historic Royal Opera House Crush Room, and nearby St Clement Danes.

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Jenůfa

28 September–12 October 2021

Main StageOpera and music

Claus Guth’s staging of Janácek’s opera explores the lives of two courageous women struggling for fulfilment in a small rural community, with Asmik Grigorian and Karita Mattila

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Fumi Kaneko and  Edward Watson in Wayne McGregor's The Dante Project ©2019 ROH. Photograph by Cheryl Mann

Insights: The Dante Project

30 September 2021

Linbury Theatre

Join Wayne McGregor and his award-winning creative team as they discuss creating The Dante Project.

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Live at Lunch ©2018 ROH. Photograph by James Bellorini

Live at Lunch

1 October–26 November 2021

Multiple venuesOpera and music

Drop by for free lunchtime performances, featuring Royal Opera House artists and guest artists

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Dance with The Royal Ballet ©2018 ROH. Photograph by James Bellorini

Dance with The Royal Ballet

1 October–26 November 2021

Paul Hamlyn HallWorkshops and activities

Learn and dance steps inspired by ballets performed at the Royal Opera House.

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Family Sundays ©2018 ROH. Photograph by James Bellorini

Family Sundays

3 October–28 November 2021

Royal Opera HouseWorkshops and activities

Discover more about opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House in fun-packed Sundays, ideal for all the family, with a range of exciting and creative activities

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Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

Romeo and Juliet

5 October 2021–25 February 2022

Main StageBallet and dance

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece

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The Linbury Theatre ©Hufton+Crow

Meet the Young Artists Week 2021

5–9 October 2021

Linbury TheatreOpera and musicFestivals

Meet The Young Artists Week offers a chance to hear live many of the artists who joined last year and whose performances you may only have seen on screen.

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Purgatorio, Design: Tacita Dean, 2021 Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

The Dante Project

14–30 October 2021

Main StageBallet and dance

Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante’s vision

.Buy ticketsMore infoInsights: Masterclass with Lisette Oropesa

14 October 2021

Clore Studio

Watch soprano Lisette Oropesa lead a masterclass with members of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme.Sold out

More infoSing at the Royal Opera House

15–29 October 2021

Multiple venuesWorkshops and activities

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in and sing in an opera chorus.

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