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Tannhauser Tickets

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD


Wagner’s great battle of the sensual and the spiritual returns to The Royal Opera. A new production by Tim Albery puts Tannhäuser back in the repertory after an absence of more than twenty years and with a fine international cast under Semyon Bychkov. Johan Botha – one of the most acclaimed Wagner tenors in the world today – sings the lead role of the artist struggling to reconcile contrasting aspects of his art. Two great performers, Michaela Schuster as Venus and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, embody Tannhäuser’s choice: the seductive feeding of the senses or the rich nourishing of the soul. The production combines striking imagery of the two worlds set apart, from the indulgence and abandon of the Venusberg to the privation and sincerity of the Wartburg. And the music of course is full of wonderful melody and powerful drama – a rich vehicle for the world-class Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. A new production from a production team of proven perception along with an especially fine cast make this a welcome return indeed.

Matinees: Various times

Evenings: Various times

Theatre Venue: Royal Opera House
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
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The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The façade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.

Music:Richard Wagner