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Welcome Performance 2013-14

CARMEN by The Royal Opera – Sunday 12 January 2014 at 2pm SOLD OUT

Generously supported by Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten through The Annenberg Foundation.

Suitable for ages seven+
Composer: Georges Bizet
Production: Francesca Zambello

Bizet’s famous opera Carmen centers on the life of soldier Don José, who is tempted away from his duties and childhood love Micaëla by the gypsy, Carmen. Allowing her to avoid capture and custody, José joins the smugglers Carmen is connected to. The solider becomes mad with jealousy, eventually clashing with Carmen when she reveals her affection for the bullfighter Escamillo. Crowds gather outside the bull-ring in Seville, and the opera comes to a climactic close as Don José’s passion turns Carmen’s world upside down….

With its rousing score and memorable staging, Carmen offers a rich insight into the turbulence of 19th-century Spanish society.

Information for families attending Carmen on 12 January

Take a look at what is happening around the Royal Opera House on the day:

PAUL HAMLYN HALL 10am to 1.45pm (up the wooden staircase)
Meet some of our backstage staff: from Wigs and Makeup, Costume, Collections, the Model Room, and Hats and Jewellery and find out what they do here.
Flamenco performances and workshops: From 10am, ‘Flamenco Pasiôn’ will be performing traditional flamenco, and providing drop-in workshops, with live Flamenco guitar and singing.

CRUSH ROOM 10am to 1.45pm (up the Grand Staircase).
Design Workshop: Let your imagination run wild and create your own match-box stage model of Carmen, with professional designers.

AMPHITHEATRE RESTAURANT 10am to 1.45pm (top of escalator)
Dressing Up: Try on costumes, hats and head-dresses from Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions, and take photos of family members looking fabulous!
‘Have a go’ Musical Instrument Sessions: Try playing one of the instruments provided, with professional musicians from The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House.

CARMEN – from the BBC to the Royal Opera House

A brand new 5 part radio drama adapted from the Carmen novel will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during Woman’s Hour at 10.45am from Mon 6th – Fri 10th January. As a prelude to the series, Woman’s Hour will be doing a feature with the Romany writer, Dan Allum, who adapted the book, and Romany actress, Candis Nergarrd, who plays Carmen.

The Romany Theatre Company will perform sections from this new BBC production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House on the 12th January on four separate occasions during the Families Performance Day:

Performance times and locations:
11.00am – The Paul Hamlyn Hall
11.30am – The Crush Room
12.00pm – Amphitheatre Restaurant
12.30pm – Amphitheatre Bar

12.40pm: Q&A Chaired by Sue Roberts, BBC Editor Audio Drama North, The Verb Radio 3 will take place in the Amphitheatre Bar. The panel will consist of:
Dan Allum – Romany writer of the BBC’s Carmen
Charlotte Riches – BBC Producer of Carmen on R4
Candis Nergaard – Romany actress and star of Carmen
Damian Le Bas – Romany actor & editor of the Travellers Times Magazine.
The panel will talk about the experience of creating a brand new drama version of Carmen, their experience as Romany Travellers of being at the centre of the process, and they will answer questions from the audience.

Those wanting to know more about the Romany Theatre Company please go to:

Our bars in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and the Amphitheatre level will be serving lunchboxes for children, sandwiches, drinks and snacks throughout the morning. If you’ve brought your own food, head to the Amphitheatre Bar or Balconies Restaurant area to find somewhere to eat with your family.

Our friendly usher staff and volunteers are on hand all morning to answer any questions that you might have.

Welcome Performances for families

Generously supported by Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten through The Annenberg Foundation.

‘First opera and ballet experiences for families’

Have you ever wanted your family to experience the thrill of live theatre but been put off by ticket prices?

Royal Opera House Welcome Performances give families the chance to attend world class productions for a fraction of the usual cost.

This opportunity enables you to:

  • Attend an exclusive family-friendly matinee of opera or ballet
  • Pick up tickets for £5 | £10 | £15 or £20
  • Enjoy a morning of pre-performance activities from 10am

Opening our main auditorium to new audiences, these events provide a special insight into opera and ballet at one of the most impressive establishments in the world. Interested? Why not Register now for Welcome Performances.


The next Welcome Performance will be in the 2014-15 Season at the Royal Opera House.

  • Welcome Performances are for families who are entirely new to the Royal Opera House or have never booked in the main auditorium before.
  • We endeavour to confirm eligibility as soon as possible, however we do not send out automatic responses, so it may take a while to receive a confirmation.
  • It should be noted that Welcome Performances are created to introduce families to the Royal Opera House, and due to consistently high demand for tickets, we regret that families may only be offered a single opportunity to attend.

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