Young People

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Schools' Matinees

Introduce your students to the world's best ballet and opera for only £7.50. Join other schools from across the country at our special Schools' Matinee performances of ballet and opera.

Students can enjoy stories of adventure, love, loss and enchantment performed by some of some of the world’s best artists from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. 

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Chance to Dance

Our Chance to Dance programme offers creative dance workshops in primary schools across Lambeth, Southwark and Thurrock. These workshops support children to develop their dance and performance skills.

Chance to Dance gives primary school children from across the country their first opportunity to engage creatively with ballet, connecting closely with the inspirational repertory, choreographers and dancers of The Royal Ballet.

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Youth Opera Company

The Royal Opera Youth Opera programmes provide children aged 7 to 13 with rigorous music and drama training, creative projects and the chance to perform in world leading opera productions with The Royal Opera. The programme aims to let young performers discover and develop a passion for opera and dramatic singing.

Young Performers

There are lots of opportunities for children and young people at the Royal Opera House, not only in Covent Garden, but also through our Learning and Participation programmes.  

We believe diverse casts enrich the work we do, and we welcome children and young people from all backgrounds to audition. Where possible, we hold open auditions for singing and acting roles, to ensure the opportunity is open to all.  

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be informed about future casting opportunities, please complete our auditions mailing list form. 

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Work Experience

Through our partners and outreach programmes the Royal Opera House offers the opportunity to gain experience and insight into our working environments.

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Royal Opera House Apprenticeships Scheme

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