Classic opera in London has a fantastic setting on Covent Garden Piazza and coming here for a night is a sumptuous – if pricey – affair. Although the program has been fluffed up by modern influences, the main attractions are still the opera and classical ballet – all are wonderful productions and feature world-class performers.
Midweek matinees are usually cheaper than evening performances, and restricted-view seats cost as little as £4. Discounted tickets for each day of the week (two per customer available to the first 49 people in the queue) priced from £4 to £68 go on sale on Friday at 1pm; students must apply for special standby tickets (£10) by email. Half-price standby tickets four hours before the performance are very occasionally available. Free lunchtime recitals are held on Mondays, when possible, in the Crush Room or Paul Hamlyn Hall, depending on the program, though ongoing building works have recently seen the venue moved to the nearby Swiss Church London at 79 Endell St.