Ahead of the completion of the Royal Opera House’s three year ‘Open Up’ renovation project, the famous venue has announced a new events programme. The new additions Ballet Dots, Opera Dots, Books at Brunch and Crafternoons will lift the lid on the artistry of the Royal Opera House and enable everyone – young and old – to find something new.
These newly designed programmes will run alongside free Live at Lunch drop in performances, Recitals at Lunch, Dance with The Royal Ballet and Come and Sing at The Royal Opera House.
For the first time, Ballet Dots and Opera Dots (£10 for one child and £5 for a subsequent child) will help children under five discover ballet and opera through sensory dance, singing, music and stories.
Books at Brunch (£12 pp) will feature talks from authors, broadcasters, publishers and artists from across the worlds of opera and ballet to encourage literary discussions within the intimate confines of the Linbury Theatre Foyer. Crafternoons (£12 pp) will allow audiences to try their hand at some of the techniques used to bring the ballet and opera performances to life, working with talented craftspeople from the Royal Opera House. Crafternoons will be ticketed drop-in sessions from 2 – 5pm and Books at Brunch will run for one hour, from 10.30 – 11.30am, both on selected dates. Fifty per cent of tickets for these programmes are available to students, with the rest on sale to general public.
Budding singers of all ages and ability will be able to join in and sing with an opera chorus during the Come and Sing at The Royal Opera House (£10 pp) sessions. Keen dancers can learn dance steps inspired by the ballets performed at the Royal Opera House, led by a member of The Royal Ballet Company during the Dance with the Royal Ballet (£10 pp) workshops.
The Live at Lunch events are free, drop-in performances featuring artists from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet as well as guest artists in the relaxed environment of the newly opened-up foyer. These will be inspired by the heritage and repertoire of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, featuring new and commissioned works.
Recitals at Lunch (£10 or £12 pp) will feature a ticketed programme of music in the Royal Opera House Crush Room, featuring artists from The Royal Opera, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Jette Parker Young Artists and a range of guest artists.
All programmes will take place at the Royal Opera House, which will be open to everyone, every day from 10am. The new bars, cafés, restaurants and displays will make the Royal Opera House an attractive daytime destination.
For more information , visit the Royal Opera House website here
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