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Watch: Experiencing opera for the first time – ‘How do they hold a note for so long!?’

We followed brothers Ethan and Kian as they attended their first opera at one of our Welcome Performances, with preconception-shattering results.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

20 July 2015 at 3.18pm | 3 Comments

‘If classical music comes on, we’re like: “Is this even music?”’ – brothers Ethan and Kian were apathetic (to put it mildly) about classical music, and so it was unsurprising that when it came to opera, they had never seen one before.

That all changed in November 2014 when the boys, accompanied by their mum Meeta, attended a Welcome Performance of The Royal Opera’s L’elisir d’amore.

Welcome Performances are exclusively for families that have never been to the Royal Opera House before, offering them the opportunity to see an opera or a ballet performance for a fraction of the usual cost priced from just £5.

In addition to the production, Welcome Performances also involve pre-show activities focused around ballet, opera and backstage crafts. With these, Ethan and Kian had the opportunity to play with musical instruments, explore the ROH Armoury and even make their own L’elisir d’amore-inspired potion.

‘How do they hold a note for so long?!’, wondered Kian after the curtain went down on the performance. Reflecting on the day, the boys concluded that they really enjoyed their first opera experience and look forward to seeing a ballet on their next visit.

Register and find out more about Welcome Performances

Welcome Performances are generously supported by Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten through the Annenberg Foundation.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

20 July 2015 at 3.18pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged children, first opera, kids, welcome performance

This article has 3 comments

  1. Judith Scammell responded on 23 July 2015 at 11:40am Reply

    This is just fabulous - what a fantastic programme - bravo ROH!

  2. Anthea Eastoe responded on 30 July 2015 at 8:15am Reply

    What a lovely film! The boys are really engaging and it's great to see their reactions to the opera.
    The 'Welcome' initiative is such a good idea for widening access. We've registered, as a result of seeing this film, and look forward to seeing our first performance together as a family.

  3. Patricia Bolton responded on 13 August 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

    Fantastic ! What a brilliant way to introduce them to 'Opera' ! Well done ROH :)

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