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Lessons in Love and Violence

Lessons in Love and Violence

A king is forced to choose between love and political expediency. His decisions allow his country to slide into civil war, and turn his wife and son against him.

Lessons in Love and Violence is the latest collaboration between composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp, two of Britain’s most celebrated artists. Much of that acclaim stems from their partnership, which produced first the chamber opera Into the Little Hill in 2008 and then in 2012 the large-scale work Written on Skin – which has since become the most performed new opera of the 21st century.

Booking from: Thursday, 10th May 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 26th May 2018
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Swan Lake: Mariinsky Ballet

Swan Lake: Mariinsky Ballet

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

The evil spirit Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette’s curse, disguises his daughter Odile as Odette to trick Siegfried into breaking his vow of love. Fooled, Siegfried declares his love for Odile, and so dooms Odette to suffer under the curse forever.

Booking from: Saturday, 19th May 2018
Booking until: Thursday, 21st June 2018
Matinees: 1.30pm and 2pm
Evenings: 7pm and 7.30pm
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Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control.

Don Giovanni continues to seduce and betray with his usual rapacity. Haunted by the ghost of the murdered man, he decides to invite him to dinner. The ghost urges him to repent – but Don Giovanni refuses.

 

Booking from: Friday, 29th June 2018
Booking until: Tuesday, 17th July 2018
Matinees: Various dates and times
Evenings: Various dates and times
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Falstaff

Falstaff

Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all.

After being tossed in a laundry basket and tipped into the Thames, Falstaff is feeling distinctly sorry for himself. But when the plot is revealed, Falstaff accepts the mockery with stoical dignity. After all, as the opera concludes, ‘Tutto nel mondo è burla’ – all the world’s a joke.

Booking from: Saturday, 7th July 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 21st July 2018
Evenings: Various dates 7.30pm
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La boh?me

La boh?me

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Rodolfo is painfully aware that he cannot afford the medicine and care Mimì needs, and so separates from her. As her sickness takes hold Mimì returns to Rodolfo’s garret. They are joyfully reunited – but, despite the care of Rodolfo and his friends, Mimì dies.

Booking from: Saturday, 16th June 2018
Booking until: Friday, 20th July 2018
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Obsidian Tear Mixed

Obsidian Tear Mixed

The imaginative world of the ballet is both archaic and futuristic in its exploration of the tribal behaviour of its all-male group. From the ballet’s opening duet, tender and innocent, the dancing becomes darker and more turbulent as the group plays out a dynamic of conflict and challenge, loyalty and rejection. 

Booking from: Tuesday, 8th May 2018
Booking until: Friday, 11th May 2018
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Royal Opera House Seating Plan

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Royal Opera House on the Map

How to get there: (3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.

Address:
Bow Street
London
WC2E 9DD