21 January 2014 at 12.05pm | Comment on this article
The Paul Hamlyn Hall early on a Sunday morning: the bunting is up and a brass quintet starts to play. Upstairs in the Amphitheatre Bar, racks crammed full of fabulous costumes, wigs and masks wait to be tried on. A make-up artist prepares her brushes, a set designer gathers her materials, and a Royal Ballet dancer warms up.
Not your typical Sunday you might think, but this Season the Royal Opera House has been opening its doors to families on the last Sunday of every month, offering a unique glimpse into the worlds of opera and ballet. Families are able to come and enjoy our Front of House spaces and get creative as part of the new Family Sunday series.
‘We were totally blown away by what we have seen, from the costumes, make-up, fight workshop to the brilliant tour into the orchestra and beyond,’ said one attendee, ‘My friend and I took our seven-year-old daughters and they loved every minute. It was ridiculously good value and beautifully organized. We’re now ready to come and see a ballet!’
Previous Family Sundays have looked to the stage for inspiration, with the November event exploring the themes of both The Nutcracker and Carmen, and January’s event looking at storytelling through opera and ballet.
The events also offer a chance to get close to artists, such as The Royal Ballet’s Ricardo Cervera demonstrating an excerpt from The Nutcracker, Monica Mason rehearsing Claudia Dean in the role of the Chosen One from The Rite of Spring, Fight Director Natalie Dakin demonstrating on stage combat in Carmen, and Jette Parker Young Artists singing famous arias close-up.
Tickets are now on sale for Family Sundays from January - May, with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children. A limited number of event and tour tickets are also available for each Family Sunday, giving access to a short tour to get a flavour of what happens behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House. We also hold 100 tickets back for sale on the day.
With so much going on throughout the day at each Family Sunday, we hope you are able to join us, explore the building and art forms, and meet our artists!
The next Family Sunday takes place on 26 January 2014. Tickets are still available.
Family Sundays are supported by Mrs Lily Safra and The Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.