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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.

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 schoolsmatinees@roh.org.uk.

Supported by The Taylor Family Foundation.

The Magic Flute

18th September 2017, 12pm

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Mozart’s spell-binding opera transports the audience to another world filled with love songs, folklore, comedy and the search for wisdom and virtue. Read more.

You can also book to join a pre-performance singing workshop from 10.30.

This matinee performance is available to Key Stage 2 and will last approximately 3hrs 10 mins including one interval.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

27th September, 12.45pm

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Join Alice as she travels down the rabbit hole and through Wonderland in this magical ballet. Full of colour, energy and inventive choreography, it is a fantastic way to introduce ballet to your students.

Book in advance for an optional creative writing workshop taking place at 11.30am.

Please note: there will be a gunshot during Act I, and optical illusions throughout that could affect people with epilepsy.

This matinee performance is available to Key Stage 2 and will last approximately 2hrs 50 mins including two intervals.

Swan Lake

6th June 2018, 12.45pm

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Tchaikovsky’s stunning score is brought to life in this new production of the classic ballet. Drawing on themes of myths and fairytales, children will love the beauty, costumes and drama of this powerful story.

You can also book to join us from 11.30 for a dance workshop.

This matinee performance is available to Key Stage 2 and will last approximately 3hrs 5 mins including one interval.

Cavalleria rusticana/ Pagliacci

29th November, 12pm

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Watch the Olivier Award-winning production of this gritty, theatrical double bill of Italian opera. These two celebrated ‘verismo’ operas are stories of jealousy and obsession, richly scored and dramatically realised in these interlinked contemporary productions.

Please book in advance to attend a workshop at 10.30 to learn and stage a scene from the opera.

This Matinee performance is suitable Key Stage 3 and above and will last approximately 3 hrs including one interval.

Giselle

2nd February 2018, 1pm

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Giselle is one of the great romantic ballets, combining reality with the supernatural while telling a powerful story through a mix of ballet mime and traditional choreography.

You can also book to attend a leather workshop led by our armoury department at 11.15.

This matinee performance is available to Key Stage 3 and above and will last approximately 2hrs including one interval.

La boheme

19th June 2018, 11.30am

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Enjoy a new production of this passionate opera. Set in bohemian Paris, Puccini’s opera brings joy, humour, love and tragedy. A firm favourite, it has been performed over 500 times at the Royal Opera House since it's first performance in 1897.

Book an extra workshop in which students will create an aria in an hour.

This matinee performance is available to Key Stage 3 and will last approximately 2hrs 35 mins including one interval.

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.