Audio Introductions

Audio introductions are a specialist service offered for their blind and visually impaired patrons by The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and English National Opera, London Coliseum, London .

The audio introduction is relayed over the wireless/infra red loop at the theatre shortly before the start of each performance. It can be accessed by means of a discreet, light weight headset which is available from the theatre staff.

The commentary is usually about ten - fifteen minutes in length and provides production details of the setting, characters and costumes. It also contains background information about the production, and a brief synopsis of the first Act.

A shorter, five minute commentary covering later scenes and Acts is available during each interval.

Audio introductions are available for every performance but the productions listed below are in repertory and so are not performed every night. For further information and to book tickets please contact the venue directly. For your additional information, the dates of the first and last performances appear underneath the title.


Click on the production title to obtain further details

Rigoletto

13th September - 29th September 2021

and 18th February - 12th March 2022

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

This new production, directed by Oliver Mears, sees Verdi's masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness , within a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Telephone 0207 304 4000

The Magic Flute

15th September - 7th October 2021

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David McVicar's production of Mozart's comic opera returns to the Royal Opera house main stage, transporting you to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and starry skies.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office 0207 307 4000




Jenufa

28th September - 12th October 2021

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

In the first production of Jenufa at Covent Garden since 2001, director Claus Guth movingly captures Jenufa's progression from hope to despair to eventual radiant happiness.

Webpage: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000



Romeo and Juliet

5th October 2021 - 24th October 2021

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the world repertory, and his nuanced and detailed choreography gives dancers in the lead roles a wealth of opportunity for differing interpretations of the doomed lovers

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


Satyagraha

14th - 28th October 2021

English National Opera, London Coliseum

With an idea Ghandi founded a movement. With a movement he created a nation. With a nation he changed the course of history.

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days the hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org



La Traviata

27th October - 17th November 2021

and 1st April - 18th April 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

In Richard Eyre's production the superficial glamour of 19th Century Paris contrasts with scenes of great intimacy, culminating in the memorable, heartbreaking final act

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


HMS Pinafore

29th October - 11th December 2021 ( Relaxed Performance 3rd December 2021)

English National Opera, London Coliseum

A clueless Captain, a spirited siren and pompous petty officers. No wonder they're all at sea!

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org





Giselle

4th November - 3rd December 2021

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Peter Wright’s acclaimed production of the greatest of all Romantic ballets is superbly atmospheric in its telling of Marius Petipa’s classic tale of love, betrayal and the supernatural.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000



Macbeth

16th November - 30th November 2021

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Phyllida Lloyd's production encapsulates the sinister quality of this, the first of Verdi's three Shakespeare masterpieces.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000

The Valkyrie

19th November - 10th December 2021

English National Opera, London Coliseum

Family feuds can destroy worlds, and the earth is plunged into conflict by scheming Gods in their search for power

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days the hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org

The Nutcracker

23rd November 2021 - 8th January 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Nutcracker is one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet, and makes for a sparkling festive treat.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


Tosca

5th December - 22nd December 2021

and 8th February - 22nd February 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter, Cavaradossi, and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


Nabucco

20th December - 28th December 2021

and 14th January - 23rd January 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The tragic story of a desperate father’s descent into madness, and his two daughters torn apart by their love for the same man, is set against the epic biblical backdrop of the Israelites’ exile from their homeland in Verdi’s early masterpiece.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


The Marrige of Figero

9th January 2022- 27th January 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000

Theodora

31st January 2022 - 16th February 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Theodora returns to the Royal Opera House stage for the first time since 1750, this time with a feminist twist. In an opera, in which love transcends political tyranny Theodora is persecuted for her religious beliefs, but her virtue inspires the devotion of one of her oppressors.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000



La Boheme

31st January 2022 - 27th February 2022

English National Opera, London Coliseum

Mimì and Rodolfo's passion burns with a brilliant flame. In a city of lights, can love eclipse Death itself?

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org



The Cunning Little Vixen

18th February 2022 - 1st March 2022

Relaxed Performance 26th February 2022

English National Opera, London Coliseum

Exploring man’s relationship with nature, Janáček’s opera moves through the contrasting worlds of the Vixen and the Forester, showing how one chance meeting can forever change the lives of both.

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org


Rigoletto

18th February - 12th March 2022

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

This new production, directed by Oliver Mears, sees Verdi's masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness , within a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Telephone 0207 304 4000


Swan Lake

1st March 2022 - 25th March 2022

and 4th May 2022 - 28th May 2022

The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden

With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, an irresistible mix of spectacle, mystery and passion infuses this audience favourite

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000

Cosi Fan Tutti

10th March 2022 - 22nd March 2022

English National Opera, London Coliseum

In Mozart’s comic masterpiece, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are enjoying a holiday in Coney Island with their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo. However, the fairground is a place where anything can happen – and its manipulative master, Don Alfonso, has a game to play with the lovers…

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org



Peter Grimes

17th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;

Warner’s sympathetic approach to Britten’s sombre parable foregrounds the complexity of Peter Grimes himself and the tragic conflict between the group and the individual.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000


New Kyle Abrahams, plus Solo Echo and DGV: Danse a grande vitesse

24th March 2022 - 4th April 2022

The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden

Three of the world’s most exciting contemporary choreographers come together in an extraordinary showcase of dance today.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000

The Handmaiden's Tale

4th April 2022 - 14th April 2022

English National Opera, London Coliseum


Memory is strength, love is resistance. Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale plunges us into the Republic of Gilead, where women have been entirely stripped of their rights and freedoms.

Website: https://eno.org

Box Office: (For all booking enquiries)

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

Email: box.office@eno.org



Lohengrin

19th April 2022 - 14th May 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David Alden’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s early masterpiece, first seen in 2018, places the opera in the timeless setting of a bombed-out city – a dystopian world threatened from outside, where the people are looking for both a sense of direction and a new leader.

Website: https//www.roh.org.uk

Box Office: 0207 304 4000

Scenes de Ballet, A Month in the Country and Rhapsody

23rd April 2022 - 2nd May 2022

The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden

The rich heritage of The Royal Ballet’s repertory and style are presented in three works by the Company’s founding choreographer, Frederick Ashton.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Booking Office 0207 304 4000


Don Pasquale

3rd May 2022 - 20th May 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Returning after a successful run in 2019, Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Booking Office: 0207 304 4000

Samson et Delila

24th May 2022 - 19th June 2022

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Pious restraint comes face to face with sensuous hedonism in Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand-opera retelling of the Bible story of Samson and Delilah.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Booking Office: 0207 304 4000