Exclusive Family Matinee Performances of Opera and Ballet at The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has been in the heart of London’s Theatreland since 1732. It's has had quite a turbulent history, having burnt to the ground twice in 1808 and 1856, and each time been lovingly rebuilt, with the current version dating from 1858. Home to The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, it was where Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
As part of their education programme, the team run Welcome Performances which are exclusive family matinee performances of opera and ballet. The fling open the doors the morning before the performance, and offer a huge range of things to see and experience throughout the Royal Opera House. Each Welcome Performance lets you explore different elements of a production, from singing and dancing to backstage crafts and costumes. You can choose from
- Meet some of the amazing backstage team
- Take a tour behind the scenes
- See if you have what it takes to be an opera singer
- Get some tips on how to become a world-class ballet dancer
- Test out some weird and wonderful musical instruments
- See professional stage make-up demos
- Watch and even try out stage fighting
- Enjoy dressing up and storytelling.
Tickets are only £5–£20. If you would like further information, please call the ROH on +44 (0)20 7212 9684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can check what's on at the Opera House here for a look at what's on sale, or ask me to book for you. There are some charming craft activities you can print up here, and keep an eye on the website for information about their Family Sundays, which are totally brilliant ways to spend time in the Opera House with small people, letting them run riot (politely of course), trying on real theatre costumes, face painting, dancing with Royal Ballet dancers, and making super lovely crafts.