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Schools' Matinees

Introduce your students to the world’s best ballet and opera for only £7.50. Bookings are now OPEN.

Full-length performances just for young people, reaching over 10,000 school children from across the UK every Season.

Teach your children about music, dance, theatre, singing, choreography, stagecraft, life, death, love and passion.

Enjoy programmes designed especially for students to support their learning and introduce them to the production.

Love the passion and energy in the audience during a Schools' Matinee! From booing to crying, children are spellbound by the performances.

Receive support with travel costs for schools travelling from outside of London.

What's on? | Key information | Planning your visit

Please find the Schools’ Matinees for the 2018/19 academic year below; applications will be open until 21st May 2018 and you will be notified if you have been successful in due course.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on 0203 772 6340 or email us at

Supported by The Taylor Family Foundation.

La bohème

Secondary Schools

19 June 2018

In this timeless opera by Puccini, love blossoms between Mimì and Rodolfo, but their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Please be aware that this application is for the waiting list of this matinee.


Secondary Schools

19 October 2018

Drama meets electrifying choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful ballet – a devastating tale of extreme passion and desperate acts, inspired by true events.


Primary Schools

27 November 2018

In this opera, the young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

Hansel and Gretel

Primary Schools

11 December 2018

A new production of this timeless tale comes to the Royal Opera House. Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck this opera is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes.

Romeo and Juliet

Secondary Schools

28 March 2019

In Shakespeare’s renowned tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love but their families are sworn enemies. With music by Sergey Prokofiev, Kenneth MacMillan’s groundbreaking ballet is a 20th-century classic.

Romeo and Juliet

Primary Schools

23 May 2019

Kenneth MacMillan’s groundbreaking ballet on Shakespeare’s tragic love story is a 20th-century classic, set to Sergey Prokofiev's famous score.


Secondary Schools

24 May 2019

A tale of passion and jealousy, this opera tells the story of a strong women fighting for the life of her true love against an evil, vengeful baron.

Ask an Opera Singer

We asked the children attending the 2016 Madama Butterfly Schools' Matinee what they really want to know about life as an opera singer.

We put those questions to Ermonela Jaho, who plays Madama Butterfly in the production. Watch the film here.

Key Information

Find out how to book, how the applications process works, about travel grants and more information about our Schools' Matinee programme.