London's most auspicious and iconic opera-house will soon be embarking on its busy winter schedule, in which there are many stunning productions, both classical and contemporary to suit all tastes. Covent Garden's Royal Opera House is also home to The Royal Ballet, itself a world-leader in some of the most enthralling presentations of the modern age.
Below is a summary of some of the most intriguing opera and ballet events set to take place from November through to next spring. With Christmas fast approaching, why not treat your loved ones to a trip to the superb Royal Opera House this year (or next year).
Puccini's romantic opera about everyday Parisian society and the relationship between a penniless poet and a seamstress will be performed from 17th December to 12th March. The opera has been a mainstay of ROH schedules since 1987. 2012 shows are almost sold out, 2013 shows start from £27 upwards
Half-man, half-bull, the Greek myth of The Minotaur never ceases to amaze. This Harrison Birtwhistle opera tells the tale of a creature yearning to discover what (or who) he really is. Stunning costumes also make this a must - from 17th to 28th January, prices start at £18.
One of two performances dedicated to the Tchaikovsky opera about the hard-nosed Onegin who rejects the attentions of his admirer Tatyana. The debuting Kasper Holten version plays from 4th to 20th February with seats starting at £41.
Rome is the backdrop for one of Puccini's most popular tragedies about two lovers entangled in unsettled times and the relentless actions of head of police Scarpia, a true villain. Jonathan Kent's version plays from 2nd March to 20th July 2013 - from £48.50.
Composed by George Benjamin, this new opera debuted in Provence in 2012 and begins its inaugural ROH run from 8th to 22nd March. The story centres on the all-powerful Protector inciting revenge from his wife with tragic consequences - from £22.
Verdi's epic has been adapted by Daniele Abbado for this month-long run which explores the wars fought between the Israelites and Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco). Tickets for the first shows cost from £62.50.
Part of a mixed bill, Liam Scarlett's celebrated work (and his US debut) will begin performing on 3rd November until the 14th. The programme also includes Infra by Wayne McGregor and Fool's Paradise by Christopher Wheeldon. Limited stalls from £41.50.
A triple bill of the late choreographer Kenneth MacMillan's celebrated works will include Concerto, Las Hermanas and Requiem and will run from 17th November to 5th December. Tickets cost from £22 to £69.50 with seats already running out.
This year's festive ballet choice is Tchaikovsky's fantastic family Christmas classic. A young girl is transported on an unforgettable adventure after opening her favourite gift. Runs from 19th December to 16th January and costs from £36.50.
Running from 12th to 23rd February, Ravel's La Valse heads up and intriguing and packed mixed programme that also features Sir Frederick Ashton's choreography set to composers such as Massenet (Meditation From Thaïs) and Satie (Monotones [ballet]). From £22 upwards.
Apollo forms part of a triple bill along with New Wheeldon and New Ratmansky, running from 22nd February to 14th March for just five performances. George Balanchine's Apollo features Cuban ballet sensation Carlos Acosta (Apollo - 22nd February and 9th March only). New Wheeldon showcases the work of renowned Royal Ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, with New Ratmansky doing the same for choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
See below for the full Royal Opera House programme running throughout the autumn and into 2013. Please note that many performances do tend to sell out very quickly!