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New chairman at Covent Garden

Simon Robey is stepping down. His replacement is energy trader Ian Taylor, a long-serving board member and donor. Corporate press release here.

Maestro move: SanFran Opera loses music director

Nicola Luisotti has announced he is stepping down as music director of San Francisco Opera in July 2018, after 11 years in the job. That puts him in line automatically for vacancies at the Met, Munich and, potentially, Covent Garden. Luisotti, 54, is also music director at San Carlo in Naples, He has been quietly […]

Robert De Niro Is Opening a Luxury Hotel in London

Following the success of his Greenwich Hotel in NYC, the actor has announced plans to open the Wellington Hotel in Covent Garden.

International Opera Awards - winners in 2016

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica © ROH 2016. Photograph by Bill Cooper The tenor Gregory Kunde, who has recently made the transition from Rossini & Donizetti tenor roles to Verdi (he makes his Covent Garden debut asShow More Summary

Now Netrebko’s Met replacement has her say

Sonya Yoncheva will open the 2016-17 Covent Garden season as Norma, instead of Anna Netrebko. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Netrebko at the Met opening of 2017-18. Sondra says: Well, the cat is out of the bag….I will be singing the new production and opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 season in NORMA! YEAHHH! So […]

The Met helps Covent Garden to replace Netrebko

The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role. ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there […]

Looking forward to The Exterminating Angel

Thomas Ades' new opera The Exterminating Angel, which comes to Covent Garden next year, premieres at the Salzburg Festival on 28 July 2016. The work is a co-commission and co-production between the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and Den Kongelige Opera, Copenhagen. Show More Summary

Breaking: Another London opera house issues sex warning

Following the Covent Garden fuss over blood and sex in Lucia di Lammermoor, it appears that Sadler’s Wells has also caught a cold. Here’s what ticket-buyers are being told: Thank you for booking for Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. We are writing to you to let you know about some developments with the production. As […]

Anna Netrebko Decides Not To Sing Norma After All, Leaving London And New York In The Lurch

New productions of Bellini’s Norma built around Netrebko were planned as season opening galas at Covent Garden this fall (her debut in the role) and the Met in the fall of 2017. However, she has announced, “I have come to the unfortunate conclusion my voice has evolved in a different direction.”

Covent Garden remembers a horn player

Tonight’s performance of Tannhauser was dedicated to the memory of Chris Davies, sub principal horn, who died of bowel cancer in February. Chris, who was 53, also played in the Brighton Philharmonic. Members of the ROH orchestra wore yellow daffodils to commemorate a proud Welshman.

Netrebko tells the Met she won’t sing Norma there, either

After cancelling her role debut at Covent Garden this September, the diva has told the Met to forget about Norma in 2017-18. ‘I have come to the unfortunate conclusion my voice has evolved in a different direction,’ she repeated. Next month, she sings Elsa in Lohengrin in Dresden. That’s the way she’s heading.

Brit conductor lands German post

A new Generalmusikdirektor has been announced in Wuppertal. It’s Julia Jones, 54, sometime principal conductor at Basle Opera and Lisbon. She’s a prophet without honour in her own country, having conducted only once at Covent Garden...

“Reflect London” conceals Covent Garden construction with a dazzling mirror display

The eastern wall of the Market Building will be covered in 32,000 square feet of mirrors beginning this month as the site upgrades to include a SUSHISAMBA restaurant among other renovations. The installation was created by the design...Show More Summary

Edgy first responses to Covent Garden’s bloody Lucia

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Loud applause for the singers was followed by boos for Katie Mitchell and her production team after the opening of Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden last night. One spectator told Slipped Disc that the boos were not above and beyond the normal for a challenging production. The quickest reviews, just in, may indicate a […]

Boss At London’s Royal Opera Says His Final Production Will Take Direct Aim At His Critics

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Kasper Bech Holten’s tenure as artistic director, which ends in March of next year, has seen more controversy over stagings than is usual at Covent Garden. So, he says, “what could be more fitting for my last show in London than to do a comedy about how hard it is sometimes for audiences and artists […]

Antonio Pappano To Be Longest-Serving Music Director In Covent Garden’s History

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Talking this morning about his decision to stay on [until 2020] … Pappano said simply ‘I don’t want to go to any other opera house’.”

Covent Garden adjusts its director search

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

When the Royal Opera advertised for its next director, the post was stated in the Guardian to be a permanent one. Not so. Our chap in the wings says the Grauniad got it wrong. I am afraid The Guardian have incorrectly filled in the job ad template, the post of Director of Opera is a […]

Breaking: Netrebko to sing her first Norma

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Anna Netrebko will appear for the first time as Bellini’s Norma to open Covent Garden’s 2016-17 season. The new production, directed by the Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus, will feature the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja making his role debut as Pollione, and the Italian mezzo Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa.  

Maestro stays: Covent Garden breathes again

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It has just been announced that Sr Antonio Pappano has renewed his contract until 2020. That allays fears of instability triggered by the resignation of Royal Opera artistic director Kasper Holten. There will be seven new productions...Show More Summary

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