Accessibility links


Sign In

ROH Young Philanthropists

…I want to collaborate with people that come from areas that you wouldn’t imagine… That’s what’s exciting about where we are in dance and in the arts.

Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet

ROH Young Philanthropists is a new way for audiences aged under 35 to get more involved with the work of the Royal Opera House, and we are delighted to announce its official launch for the 2017/18 Season.

The Royal Opera House is a place of exceptional artistry and creativity, and home to two of the world’s leading dance and opera companies, The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Support from ROH Young Philanthropists for the 2017/18 Season will go towards Barrie Kosky’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen for The Royal Opera, and a new work from Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor for The Royal Ballet that will feature in the Bernstein Centenary mixed programme alongside work by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.

As an ROH Young Philanthropist you will be invited to share moments of the creative process behind the scenes as new productions develop from early concepts and ideas, to fully formed works of art on stage. Invitations may include talks with designers, choreographers and other creative figures, first night parties when we celebrate those who made it happen, private stage rehearsals, post-performance dinners with artists and creative teams and quarterly drinks. There is a great network to be tapped into and we look forward to connecting like-minded people who enjoy our art forms through these unique experiences.

ROH Young Philanthropists are invited to:

  • Join us for a private creative insight into the designs behind Barrie Kosky’s Carmen with creatives behind the scenes;
  • A post-performance party with The Royal Opera with artists and creative teams;
  • A private stage and piano rehearsal around the New Wayne McGregor ballet with The Royal Ballet;
  • The first night party of the artists and creative teams working on the New Wayne McGregor ballet;
  • Quarterly pre-performance and interval drinks around selected performances;
  • Join us for the Annual Summer Party*;
  • Enjoy a personal tour of the ROH with a small group of friends;
  • Bring a friend to all events including post performance parties;


  • Personal acknowledgement of support in red programmes, on the website and in the Season Guide
  • Collective acknowledgement on red programme cover for this Season's supported production.

ROH Young Philanthropists 2017/18

Bizet’s Carmen directed by Barrie Kosky
Creating Carmen; behind the scenes with designers and creatives
January 2018 (daytime)
First night post-performance party with The Royal Opera*
Tuesday 6 February 2018

Bernstein Centenary: New Wayne McGregor
Private stage and piano rehearsal and reception
Friday 9 March 2018 (daytime)
First Night Party with The Royal Ballet
Thursday 15 March 2018

ROH Young Philanthropists Evening Summer Party*
Private stage and piano rehearsal for the new staging of Swan Lake followed by a reception with The Royal Ballet
Wednesday 9 May 2018

Quarterly pre-performance and interval drinks*
La bohème
Monday 25 September 2017
The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable
Monday 13 November 2017
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Bernstein Centenary: New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon
Thursday 15 March 2018

* The cost of tickets and catering will be charged in addition to joining costs. Tickets can be arranged through the Development Department but please note tickets are limited. Please note that all invitations are at the discretion of the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera companies and may be subject to change.

If you are under 35 and interested in finding out more, please get in touch by contacting Jessica Rigby on +44 (0)20 7212 9587 or

We look forward to welcoming you to our extraordinary world.