The Discovery Matinees welcome people who want to try opera out for the first time in a relaxed environment, and those who love opera but find the usual theatre-going experience inaccessible.

What’s on offer

  • Free tickets – many of the tickets for the Discovery Matinees will be allocated free as part of our Under 18s and Over 65s ticket schemes. Find out more about the schemes here.
  • Subsidised tickets – ticket prices are reduced for the Discovery Matinees, to let you give opera a try without breaking the bank. Prices range from £22–50, with half price access tickets available for disabled people and a companion or carer.
  • Relaxed Performance – every Discovery Matinee will be adapted to suit people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour, and those who prefer a more relaxed environment. Find out more.
  • Audio-description – Discovery Matinees will be audio-described for blind and partially-sighted audiences. Audio-description offers additional commentary explaining the action on stage, including singers’ body language, expressions and movements. Find out more.
  • Weekend afternoon performances – we hope a 2pm start to each Discovery Matinee will allow families to fall in love with opera together.

Dates and times

  • La traviata – 19 June, 2pm Book here
  • The Marriage of Figaro – 20 June, 2pm Book here
  • L’amico Fritz – 18 July, 2pm Book here
  • The Cunning Little Vixen – 25 July, 2pm Book here

Booking for the 2021 Discovery Matinees opens on Wednesday 21 April at 10am.