ENO gives free tickets to under-18s

English National Opera is offering free seats for under-18s English National Opera in a bid, says its CEO, to break down cost barriers for young audiences.

In the spring 2019 season anyone under the age of 18 will be entitled to free admission for any production on a Saturday.

ENO CEO Stuart Murphy said: “We were founded on the belief that opera is for everyone” said Stuart Murphy, the former SKY TV producer who became ENO’s chief executive ibn March. “We strive to continually stage opera of world class quality and bring it to as many people as possible. Removing cost as a barrier to entry for Under 18’s is a seismic leap forward for ENO and for opera as a whole, and we hope to entice as many Under 18’s as possible, from the musically obsessed, to the just plain curious. ENO is founded on passion and we want young audiences to feel alternately passionate, excited and transfixed.”  

The productions they will be able to see for nothing at the Coliseum, ENO’s home, are Akhnaten(2 Feb 23, Mar 2); La bohème(Feb 2, 9 & 16); The Merry Widow(Mar 9, Apr 13); The Magic Flute(Mar 16 & 2, Apr 6) and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel(Mar 30).

Other audience engagement schemes at the London Coliseumare Access All Arias, offering full-time students or anyone aged 16-29 the best seats in the house at affordable prices(£30 in the stalls, £20 in the dress circle and £10 in the upper circle). And first time opera-goers of any age can sign up to Opera Undressed, which offers £20 tickets to selected performances and a pre-performance talk.

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