Wagner's "Parsifal" -- Royal Opera House
From: 30th November 2013 Wagner's "Parsifal" tells the story of a young man who is ignorant of everything, even his own name, who arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he really a fool? Or is he the young man of prophesy, who has come to purify the kingdom?
Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"
From: 4th December 2013 No Christmas would be complete without a visit to see Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker". As midnight chimes a magical Christmas tree starts to grow through the ceiling, marking the start of Clara's journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy's retreat in the Kingdom of Sweets.
Bizet's "Carmen" -- Royal Opera House
From: 16th December 2013 Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the world's favourite operas, but scandalised 19th-century society with its raw depicition of lust. It tells the story of a fiesty gypsy arrested for attacking a fellow worker. After persuading her guard to release her on the promise of love, she then casts him aside for the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose pursues Carmen to Seville with tragic consequences.
Massenet's "Manon" -- Royal Opera House
From: 14th January 2014 "Manon" follows the all-consuming love affair between Manon Lescaut and a student, Des Grieux. But Manon longs for a life of luxury and riches, and when a nobleman offers to make her his mistress she finds it hard to resist. Her inability to choose between love and comfort proves her downfall, in a story that tumbles from passion and devotion, to violence and tragedy.
"Giselle" -- Royal Opera House
From: 18th January 2014 "Giselle" is one of the most influential of all romantic ballets. It tells the story of a broken-hearted peasant girl who falls in love with Count Albrecht, believing him to be a lowly villager. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences. and transforms her into an avenging spirit.
Mozart's "Don Giovanni" -- Royal Opera House
From: 1st February 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's operatic masterpiece -- "Don Giovanni" -- which follows the legend of the charismatic nobleman Don Juan and his long-suffering servant, Leporello. As he charms, lies and fights his way through his last hours, pursued by his victims and their angry relatives, Don Giovanni can't resist the urge for further sexual conquests. But when will his luck finally run out?
Ballet to Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody"
From: 7th February 2014 "Rhapsody" is set to Sergey Rachmaninoff's classic "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", by turns playful, romantic, elegiac and elegant. The music moves from stormy passages to much calmer interludes.
Puccini's "Turandot" -- Royal Opera House
From: 17th February 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Puccini's operatic swansong, "Turandot", famous for its dramatic aria "Nessun Dorma". The cold-hearted Princess Turandot has sworn that no man shall marry her unless he can correctly answer three riddles. Prince Calaf takes up the challenge, determined to win her heart... or die in the attempt.
The Royal Ballet -- "The Sleeping Beauty"
From: 22nd February 2014 The Royal Ballet will be putting on a performance of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Sleeping Beauty". Tchaikovsky's score is one of the finest in all classical music. It tells the story of Princess Aurora, cursed on her christening day by the wicked fairy Carabosse. She is doomed to prick her finger on a spindle and die. But a kind fairy tempers the curse so that the Princess will instead fall asleep for 100 years -- and be woken by a handsome prince.
Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment"
From: 3rd March 2014 Donizetti's entertaining opera "La Fille du Regiment" is full of irrepressible humour, patriotic sentiment and catchy melodies. It tells the story of Marie, found on a battlefield as a baby by a regiment of soldiers. When she falls for a civilian in later life, she faces a choice between love and her military family.
Richard Strauss -- "Die Frau ohne Schatten"
From: 14th March 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of "Die Frau ohne Schatten" by Richard Strauss -- a fairytale with a strong moral dimension. It tells the story of a half-mortal Empress who does not cast a shadow. But if she doesn't get one in three days, she will be returned to the spirit world and the Emperor will be turned to stone. To what lengths will the Empress go to avoid such a fate?
"Faust" -- Royal Opera House
From: 4th April 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Gounod's grand opera "Faust". Set in Paris on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War, "Faust" is a tale of romance, temptation, and the battle between relion and satanic powers in the decadent decade of 1870.
Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" -- Royal Opera House
From: 10th April 2014 The Royal Opera House will be presenting the world premiere of a new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale". "The Winter's Tale" tells the story of Perdita, a lost princess who is raised by a shepherd. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with wild beasts, a magic statue, and an unexpected family reunion. But will she win the heart of her prince?
Verdi's "La Traviata", at the Royal Opera House
From: 19th April 2014 The Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of one of Verdi's best-loved operas, "La Traviata". It follows the story of Violetta who falls passionately in love with Alfredo and walks away from her happy life. But Violetta is ill and Alfredo's father disapproves of the match. Can their love overcome the obstacles? Or will their relationship end with the ultimate sacrifice?
Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro"
From: 2nd May 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro). The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva... but the action soon sucks in the entire household.
Puccini's "Tosca", at the Royal Opera House
From: 10th May 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Puccini's "Tosca", a fast-moving sexual thriller set in Rome at the same time as Napoleon's invasion of Italy. When Mario Cavaradossi agrees to aid an escaping fugitive, he sets off a disasterous chain of events that links him, his lover Floria Tosca, and the evil Chief of Police, Scarpia.
"Serenade" -- A ballet to the music of Tchaikovsky
From: 14th May 2014 This non-narrative ballet fuses the music of Tchaikovsky with one of Balanchine's earliest and best-loved works.
Poulenc's opera, "Dialogues des Carmelites"
From: 29th May 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Poulenc's opera "Dialogues des Carmelites". Set during the French Revolution, "Dialogues des Carmelites" tells the story of Blanche, an aristocrat's daughter who joins the Carmelite order of nuns against her family's wishes.
The Royal Ballet, performing "The Dream"
From: 31st May 2014 The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Frederick Ashton's "The Dream" -- based on Shakespeare's classic play "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The plot for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" revolves around two sets of couples whose complicated love lives are complicated still further by the arrival of Oberon and Titania -- the King and Queen of the Fairies.
"The Concert" -- A ballet set to Chopin's music
From: 31st May 2014 "The Concert" is an exuberant comic ballet set to some of Chopin's best-loved piano music. Jerome Robbins' work depicts with satirical glee the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience. While a pianist solemnly plays nine pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, he is upstaged by his audience as their minds begin to wander.
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