Royal Opera House announces opera and ballet cultural highlights for 2022


The Royal Opera House will continue its first full season since 2019 with a selection of world-class productions throughout 2022, showcasing the best of opera and ballet. In anticipation of the new year, here’s a selection of upcoming world premieres and covers of classics from the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.

In 2022, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Opera, the public will be able to enjoy a Season of a century-old repertoire. In January, Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato and Jakub Józef OrliÅ„ski will star in Katie Mitchell’s thrilling new production of Handel’s Theodora – a tour de force for soloists and choirs, unheard of in Covent Garden since its inception in 1750 and conducted this season by a baroque specialist. Harry Bicket.

In March, following Billy Budd’s award-winning production of Deborah Warner in 2019, the Royal Opera will continue its Benjamin Britten series with its new production of Peter Grimes, directed by Mark Elder and starring British singers Allan Clayton, Bryn Terfel and John Tomlinson.

In May, multi-Olivier Award director Richard Jones will return to direct a new production of Camille Saint-Saëns’ grand opera Samson and Delilah – not performed in Covent Garden since 2004, and starring ElÄ«na Garanča in the role Philistine Delilah and Nicky Spence as the inspirational Jewish hero Samson. And in July, Antonio Pappano will lead a star cast directed by Jonas Kaufmann and Royal Opera favorite Ermonela Jaho in Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci.

At the Linbury Theater, and in collaboration with the Irish National Opera, the Royal Opera will present Bajazet by Antonio Vivaldi – Vivaldi’s first opera staged in Covent Garden, here staged by director Adele Thomas. And in July, The Blue Woman will explore the psychological consequences of sexual violence against women. Composed by Laura Bowler, written by Laura Lomas and directed by Katie Mitchell, the new work explores the inner landscape of a woman who suffered a post-traumatic breakdown of herself as a result of an assault.

In 2022, the Royal Ballet will present two world premieres: Christopher Wheeldon’s highly anticipated Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by Laura Esquivel’s novel, and a new work by American choreographer Kyle Abraham, celebrated as an innovative voice in ballet. Audiences will be able to enjoy covers of Crystal Pite’s Solo Echo, Frederick Ashton’s heritage ballets and Swan Lake, which will make a welcome return to the stage after its 2020 broadcast is canceled due to the pandemic. And 2022 will also see the launch of Dance Reflections, an exciting new dance festival in partnership with Van Cleef and Arpels.

Highlights of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet season 2022

75th anniversary of the Royal Opera Company

In January 2022 we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Royal Opera company, which first reunited for Carmen, performed at the company’s house in Covent Garden on January 14, 1947. More details on the celebrations of anniversary will be announced soon.

The Marriage of Figaro

January 9-27, 2022
The Royal Opera
From the headlong rush to the opening, Mozart’s timeless comedy is a breathtaking journey through a very eventful day in an 1830s castle. Figaro and his wife Susanna conspire to thwart the unwanted advances of Count Almaviva, while the countess has her heart stolen by a transvestite pageboy. Mozart’s music unfolds with magnificent solos and ensembles to amplify the deep emotions behind a seemingly bizarre surface.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano will bring his specialist perspective on Mozart’s effervescent score, sharing the baton with Christopher Willis. A young and predominantly Italian cast will perform this cover of the sumptuous and very popular period production by David McVicar.


January 31-February 16, 2022
The Royal Opera, co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid
First word
Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato and Jakub Józef OrliÅ„ski will star in Katie Mitchell’s thrilling new production of Handel’s Theodora. In a modern alternate reality, Theodora, a religious fundamentalist, plots for resistance against the Roman occupation. But when her secret plan to destroy the Roman embassy is discovered, she learns the true brutality of her oppressors.

Unheard of in Covent Garden since its inception in 1750 and sung in Thomas Morell’s original English libretto, Theodora is a tour de force for soloists and choirs, with ensembles, duets and arias of depth and depth. deep beauty. This new interpretation, led by baroque specialist Harry Bicket, will shed a new feminist light on history.


February 4-12, 2022
The Royal Opera, co-production with the Irish National Opera
Linbury Theater
A recent revival of interest in Vivaldi’s operas has brought modern audiences to the adrenaline rush of his instrumental virtuoso vocal writing. His opera Bajazet, premiered in Verona in 1735, is an extraordinary thriller set in a dark, tense and claustrophobic environment. Powerful men and strong women negotiate their relationships as the desires of the heart collide with rank and duty.

The drama will come to life in the intimate setting of the Linbury Theater by the repertory director Adele Thomas. The Royal Opera and the Irish National Opera, whose production of Vivaldi’s Griselda made waves in 2019, are teaming up for this great opportunity to rediscover Baroque opera.

Swan Lake

1-25 March 2022 / 4-28 May 2022
Relay cinema May 19
The royal ballet
The lavish production of the Royal Ballet of Swan Lake will return to the stage at the Royal Opera House after its revival in 2020 was halted by theaters closed due to the pandemic. The reinvention of the imposing masterpiece of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov by Liam Scarlett is a testament to the choreographer’s unwavering love for classicism and the innate musicality that shines through the production. With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and scintillating creations by John MacFarlane, an irresistible blend of spectacle, mystery and passion permeates this audience favorite, one of the most beloved works in the canon of 19th century classical ballet.

Dance reflections

March 11 – 23, 2021
Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival is an exciting new partnership with the Maison de Haute Joaillerie, passionate about dance since its founding. The Royal Opera House has had a close partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels since 2006 and this showcase of modern and contemporary dance will feature works by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lucinda Childs, Ola Maciejewska and Alessandro Sciarroni, all performed on our stages – in the Linbury Theater, Paul Hamlyn Hall and Clore Studio.

The festival was developed in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern. In addition to the performances, it will offer a series of events and films offering a better overview of the works and themes explored. The film series screened at the Linbury Theater will offer a reflection on the history of modern dance and will include works by Merce Cunningham, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Giselle Vienne and Christian Rizzo.

Peter Grimes

March 17-31, 2022
The co-production of the Royal Opera with the Teatro Real de Madrid, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the Opéra National de Paris
Following Billy Budd’s award-winning production of Deborah Warner in 2019, the Royal Opera will continue its Benjamin Britten series with its new production of Peter Grimes, which premiered in Madrid in April 2021. Warner’s sympathetic approach to the dark parable de Britten highlights the complexity of Peter Grimes himself and the tragic conflict between group and individual. Mark Elder will lead a cast that includes British singers Allan Clayton, Bryn Terfel and John Tomlinson, alongside Maria Bengtsson and former young artist Jette Parker Jacques Imbralo.

New Kyle Abraham / Solo Echo / DGV: Dance at High Speed

March 28-April 7, 2022
The royal ballet
World Premiere – New Kyle Abraham
Three of the world’s most exciting contemporary choreographers will come together for an extraordinary modern ballet showcase that includes the world premiere of a new work by Kyle Abraham, an innovative new voice in ballet.

Love, loss and acceptance are at the heart of Crystal Pite’s moving and melancholy Solo Echo, inspired by Mark Strand’s poem “Lines for Winter”, and set to music on Brahms’ sonatas for cello and piano. . The energetic DGV: Dance at High Speed ​​by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon of The Royal Ballet, premiered for the Royal Ballet in 2006, is a fascinating blend of movement and metaphor to a compelling score by Michael Nyman.

Samson and Delilah

May 26-June 19, 2022
The Royal Opera
Pious restraint clashes with sensual hedonism in Camille Saint-Saëns’ grand opera which tells the biblical story of Samson and Delilah.

Multi-award-winning director Richard Jones will return to the Royal Opera to stage this spectacular turn-of-the-century masterpiece, which had not been performed in Covent Garden for over 40 years. Elīna Garanča will play the philistine Delilah, Nicky Spence the inspiring Jewish hero Samson and Antonio Pappano will lead the full force of the Royal Opera House Orchestra. With superb solo and duo vocals of great intimacy and fervor, magnificent music with exciting orchestral interludes and splendid choral numbers for the Royal Opera Chorus, it will be an unforgettable opera evening.

Like water for chocolate

June 1-17, 2022
The royal ballet
World premiere
A co-production between the Royal Ballet and the American Ballet Theater
A modern Mexican classic of magical realism forms the basis of the Royal Ballet’s new integral work, bringing together artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale into dance: composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley. Travel into the captivating family saga of Laura Esquivel where the emotions of the central character flow through the kitchen to influence everyone around her in surprising and dramatic ways.

In this co-production with the American Ballet Theater, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra will act as a musical consultant for Talbot’s newly commissioned score, with Wheeldon working closely with Esquivel to reshape its layered history into one. new entertaining and captivating ballet.

Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2022

The Royal Opera


Again: Wednesday January 19, 2022, 7:15 p.m.

The royal ballet

Romeo and Juliet

Special screening: Monday February 14, 2022, 7:15 p.m. (created February 3, 2022)
Again: Sunday February 20, 2022, 2 p.m.

The Royal Opera


Anniversary session: Thursday March 10, 2022, 7.15 p.m. (shown in September 2021)
Again: Sunday March 13, 2022, 2 p.m.

The Royal Opera

La Traviata

Live: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:45 p.m.
Again: Sunday April 17, 2022, 2 p.m.

The royal ballet

Swan Lake

Live: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7:15 p.m.
Again: Sunday May 22, 2022, 2 p.m.


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