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Chet Baker: Live in London

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Between March 28 and April 2 in 1983, Chet Baker appeared at the Canteen in London. By then, the club's space at 4 Great Queen St. in Covent Garden was something of a landmark. From 1979 to 1981, it was...       Related Stories Chet Baker at the Moonlight Chet Baker: La Voce Chet Baker: Cold Trumpet  

The Best Restaurants In Covent Garden

You may think you know London like the back of your hand, but there are always places left for you to discover. That’s why... The post The Best Restaurants In Covent Garden appeared first on The Idle Man.

No-one’s bothered by Netrebko’s blackface

In contrast to Jonas Kaufmann’s Otello at Covent Garden, Anna Netrebko has been dipping into the shoe polish in Salzburg’s Aida. Some pictures are lighter than others but this screen grab seems true to life: So why are the usual suspects not howling foul? It is because the director is impeccably Iranian? Because the conductor […]

Opera Director Lee Blakeley Dies Suddenly At 45

He first got himself noticed with a provocative staging of Handel's Clori, Tirsi e Fileno in London's leading gay nightclub. He worked extensively at Covent Garden, San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and especially Santa Fe Opera; his highest-profile project in Europe was directing a series of American musicals (in […]

The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe

In 1824, a young, black New Yorker named Ira Aldridge set sail for England. Within 10 years, he was performing Shakespeare in London’s Covent Garden. By the time 20 more had passed, he had performed for royalty across Europe, made audiences...Show More Summary

Here’s why you can’t see Kaufmann’s Otello in New York

Covent Garden’s extraordinary production of Verdi’s late masterpiece, with Jonas Kaufmann making his debut in the title role, hits US screens from tomorrow. Some screens. Very few, in fact. In New York, it will show at the Landmark Sunshine cinema on Houston Street at 7:00 pm on Aug. 8. Now you would think there would be considerable interest […]

Trader’s High Tea at Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden

Tucked away in theatreland, Cinnamon Bazaar is not your usual “safe-but-dull” pre-show bite – nor is it your average Indian restaurant. Demure in décor but bold in flavour, Cinnamon Bazaar have recently launched a unique Trader’s High...Show More Summary

Maestro move: Expat baton gets UK agent

The German-British conductor Alexander Joel signed today to the London agency, Intermusica. Principal guest with Flanders Opera, the experienced Joel is being linked to positions at Opera North, ENO and Covent Garden, where he has worked regularly.

Not a classic: Puccini's Turandot revived at Covent Garden

Robin Leggate and Christine Goerke © Tristram Kenton | ROH Puccini Turandot; Christina Goerke, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Hibla Gerzmava, Dan Ettinger; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Anthony Evans on Jul 9 2017 Star rating: 3.0 Andrei Serban's...Show More Summary

The Royal Ballet School Summer Perfudmance 2017

last monthDance / Ballet : Ballet News

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Sunday 9th Judy 2017   For reasons behind my control I am only reviewing the second half of this performance. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Joan Sutherland’s acting coach has died

The venerable Norman Ayrton, long-serving head of LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has died at 92. He coached to the young Joan Sutherland with her wooden acting and helped her at several Covent Garden productions. He directed opera at the ROH, Sydney Opera House, Juilliard and Harvard. photo: BADA

Kasper Holten takes new post

The former Covent Garden artistic director has been named chairman of Danish Dance Theatre.   Er stolt af at være blevet udpeget som ny formand for Dansk @Danseteater af @mettebock – men @aabildgaard1 er en ‘hard act to follow’ — Kasper Holten (@kasperholten) July 3, 2017 Danish Dance Theatre, founded 1981, is the country’s largest […]

Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Covent Garden

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Albina Shagimuratova, Salome Jicia, Michael Spyres, Bejune Mehta, Jennifer Davis, Lucy Crowe. (C) ROH. PHOTO BILL COOPER Mozart Mitridate, Re di Ponto; Michael Spyres, Albina Shagimuratova, Salome Jicia, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe, dir:...Show More Summary

This one Kaufmann won’t cancel

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

I’m seeing Otello at Covent Garden tonight. Opening nights are not much fun any more so I decided to wait a week for a date when all stars must turn out. It’s screening night tonight, live at a cinema near you. All the way across the USA and Europe. Click here for locations. photo (c) […]

Just in: New York Times beats London papers with first Otello review

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It hurts to write this but the New York Times, at 10.45 this morning, beat the massed ranks of British broadsheets to post the first review of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut as Otello at Covent Garden. Zachary Woolfe’s verdict: In front of a sold-out Royal Opera House here, Mr. Kaufmann made his debut in the part, and […]

Just in: Covent Garden loses star pair

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Roberto Alagna and his wife  Aleksandra Kurzak have announced their withdrawal from the ROH’s L’Elisir d’Amore. In an instagram message, he says he is suffering from tracheisis. He withdrew in the middle of tonight’s performance and was replaced by Ioan Hotea. Not clear if she is continuing. @royaloperahouse #sosorry #tried but #havetostop #rohelisir #tracheisis … #seeusoon […]

Where Pappano goes next

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We’ve been hearing for a while that Sir Antonio Pappano will not conduct Covent Garden into the 2020s. He has been music director for 15 years, is 57 years old and he tells the Times today that it could be time to move on. But where? Reports that he is being considered to succeed Kirill […]

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