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Schools' Matinees

Introduce your students to the world’s best ballet and opera for only £7.50. Bookings are now OPEN.

Full-length performances just for young people, reaching over 10,000 school children from across the UK every season.

Teach your children about music, dance, theatre, singing, choreography, stagecraft, life, death, love and passion.

Enjoy programmes designed especially for students to support their learning and introduce them to the production.

Love the passion and energy in the audience during a Schools Matinee! From booing to crying, children are spellbound by the performances.

Receive support with travel costs for schools travelling from outside of London.

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If you have any further questions, please contact us on 0203 772 6340 or email us at

The first round of booking is now over.  However, you are still able to apply for tickets by clicking any of the ‘BOOK NOW’ links below.  Your application will be acknowledged within two weeks, at which point you will receive a timetable for a decision and an update as to when further tickets are expected to be released.

Please note that start times are subject to change by 15 minutes. Exact timings will be confirmed by the start of the Season.

Supported by The Taylor Family Foundation.


Recommended for Key Stages 2 – 3

27 March 2018, 2pm

Please note The Royal Opera's production of Coraline is being staged at The Barbican and not the Royal Opera House.


La bohème

Secondary Schools

19th June 2018, 11.30am



Secondary Schools

2nd February 2018, 1pm


Swan Lake

Primary Schools

6th June 2018, 1.15pm

Applications for this matinee are now closed

Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Secondary Schools

29th November, 12pm

Applications for this matinee are now closed

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Primary Schools

27th September, 12.45pm

Applications for this matinee are now closed

The Magic Flute

Primary Schools

18th September 2017, 12pm

Applications for this matinee are now closed

Ask an Opera Singer

We asked the children attending the 2016 Madama Butterfly Schools' Matinee what they really want to know about life as an opera singer.

We put those questions to Ermonela Jaho, who plays Madama Butterfly in the production. Watch the film here.

Key Information

Find out how to book, how the applications process works, about travel grants and more information about our Schools' Matinee programme.