Young Philanthropists 2017/18 Summer Party © Sim Canetty Clark
Young Philanthropists 2017/18 Summer Party © Sim Canetty Clark

Young Philanthropists

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 opportunities to meet artists and those behind the scenes who make it happen. 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 below. Donations may be eligible for gift aid and employees may offer a Payroll Giving scheme. For more information, please contact Isobel Turner, Philanthropy Manager on +442037726431 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.

Tuesday 4 February, 7.30pm

Private discussion with Royal Ballet Principal dancers

An ‘In Conversation’ evening with Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Ball and Marcelino Sambé discussing their roles in new work, and the magic of having new work created on them and making history for 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 Cellist / Dances at a Gathering*

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.

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 NetrebkoBrian 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.

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