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London Opera

Witness some of the best opera in the world in the heart of London, where incredible performers and singers entertain thousands of rapt theatregoers each year. London is home to some of the most prestigious opera companies who present a rich and varied programme for all ages and tastes. You are spoiled for choice at London opera houses, with classics from well-known composers such as Bizet, Verdi and Wagner complemented by dynamic work from a budding new generation of opera stars.

Whether you’re a seasoned fan or just starting to dip your toe into the genre, the breathtaking vocal performances, rousing stories and iconic scores performed by the UK's top opera professionals promise an experience that you will never forget.

3 Opera Shows in London

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

Mozart’s enchanting opera marries fairytale and spectacle in an acclaimed production from Simon McBurney.

Frequently Asked Questions

What opera is on at London theatres?

There is a diverse selection of operas in London, including those by composers such as Gluck, Mozart and Rossini. Many opera companies fill their schedules with a mixture of these well-known classics and new work by modern composers. Check our listings above for the opera in London you can book now.

What is the best opera to see in London in 2024?

A dynamic mix of classic operas and contemporary productions are playing in London this year. The most exciting amongst these include The Handmaid's Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel, and The Barber of Seville, one of the most famous operas in the repertoire.

What is the best opera for beginners?

Some of the most famous operas are staged in London every year and are a great place to start because of their recognisable music and stories. These include Puccini’s La bohème, about four struggling artists in Paris; Bizet’s tragic tale of jealousy, Carmen, and Rossini's joyful comic opera The Barber of Seville.

Current operas you can book that are great for newcomers include The Magic Flute. There are also modern operas that may appeal if you enjoy shows about contemporary issues.

Where can I watch opera shows in London?

The London Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera, and one of the best places to watch opera in the world. The prestigious Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and open-air Opera Holland Park are two other world-class opera houses in the capital. They offer a varied programme of classical operas and new work every year.

Are there rules for what to wear to the opera in London?

There is no formal opera dress code at London venues and audiences are encouraged to wear clothes that they find comfortable. Some people enjoy dressing up for a night at the opera, whilst others prefer to wear more casual clothes. Press nights or galas may have stricter dress codes, but this will be communicated to you during or after booking.

Is opera sung in English?

Most operas performed in London are sung in English, or have English surtitles displayed above the stage. You will be able to follow along with the lyrics and story with the help of these surtitles. If you are unable to read surtitles, binoculars can be rented at most opera houses and access aids are also available.
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