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ROH Young Philanthropists

Discover a new world behind the scenes of one the world’s greatest opera houses with a great network of young people.

ROH Young Philanthropists is a philanthropic initiative for young opera and ballet lovers who wish to become more closely involved in the work of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Supporters enjoy the magical world behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House with like-minded individuals with involvement based around stage rehearsals, performances and the great artistry of ROH creatives. It offers supporters exclusive opportunities to meet artists and members of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Philanthropic support of the Royal Opera House underpins the exceptional world class art on stage which simply couldn’t be done without the generosity of individuals. Philanthropy can be hugely rewarding and the Young Philanthropists programme encourages many to begin their philanthropic journey. Through exclusive events across many aspects of our work, we look forward to sharing with you how valuable financial support is to producing great art.

This Season, ROH Young Philanthropists will support the world premiere of the New Cathy Marston for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré with designs by award winning designer Hildegard Bechtler. Supporters are kindly invited to make an annual philanthropic gift. As a thank you, supporters may be invited to the events overleaf. Donations may be eligible for gift aid and employees may offer a Payroll Giving scheme. For more information, please contact Jessica Rigby on +44 (0)20 7212 9587 or

Young Philanthropists 2019/20

Supporters are warmly welcomed to the following events:

Wednesday 18 September 2019 4pm
A private stage and orchestra rehearsal of Agrippina with The Royal Opera
Director of Opera Oliver Mears brings more Handel to the Company’s repertory with creator of Carmen Barrie Kosky’s new production of Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Agrippina is the ultimate political operator – outrageous and blatant in her pursuit of power. Join us for this privileged opportunity to attend a private rehearsal led by Maxim Emelyanychev with and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Monday 14 October 2019 7.30pm
The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal with private reception
Watch dancers of The Royal Ballet in the rehearsal studio as they prepare for this eclectic mixed programme. From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.

Wednesday 5 February 2020 7.30pm
In Conversation with Lise Davidsen
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen will talk about her exceptional career to date including winning the Operalia competition in 2015, her Royal Opera debut last Season in Der Ring des Nibelungen and singing Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at the Bayreuther Festspiele.

Tuesday 25 February 2020 7.30pm
A celebration around world premieres of the New Marston / New Scarlett*
Join us for an evening of celebration around a performance of the mixed bill followed by an informal dinner with members of the cast and The Royal Ballet. The inspiration for Cathy Marston’s first work for the Company is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré with designs by award winning German designer Hildegard Bechtler.

Date TBC
Private discussion evening with a Royal Ballet Principal dancer
An ‘In Conversation’ evening in a private home with a Royal Ballet Principal dancer discussing their involvement in new work this season and the magic of creating having new work created on them as they make history for the Company.

Sunday 12 July 2020 2.15pm 
An afternoon of celebration around a performance of Tosca with The Royal Opera*
Antonio Pappano conducts an outstanding cast including Anna Netrebko, Brian Jagde and Bryn Terfel in one of the best-loved and most performed operas in the repertory: Puccini’s thrilling masterpiece Tosca. Join us for drinks and canapés before the performance and during the intervals, and after the performance there will be the chance to congratulate the artists during an informal bowl food reception with the cast, creative team and members of The Royal Opera.

*Tickets and dinner are in addition to any gift, payments must be made prior to the event.
Please note rehearsals are subject to the discretion of stage management and The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet and may be subject to change.

Payments to Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales (Company number 480523) Charity Registered (Number 211775).VAT Registration No.769377565