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38 Fantastic Photos Capture Street Scenes of London during the 1930s

Here is a fantastic photo collection that shows street scenes of London in the 1930s. A milk bar in Bear Street, central London, 1936 A trader on a horse and trap outside Long Acre in Covent Garden, circa 1930 A water cart man turnsShow More Summary

Cobblers in Clubland: Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden

Photo: (c) Royal Opera House, by Clive Barda Here's my review for the Critics' Circle of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House, which opened the other day. Sometimes I am very glad not to have to give star ratings. Enjoy. http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/?ID=599&PID=5

Dragons take over Covent Garden

The powerful and uncompromising Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones sings Walther von Stolzing in the Royal Opera House’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, alongside his fellow countryman Sir Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs. I went...Show More Summary

Richard E Grant / Jack Piccadilly ’69 ~ quick fragrance review & even quicker poll

Late again — at least I am consistent — here is my review of the third and newest fragrance from actor Richard E. Grant, Jack Piccadilly '69 (for background, do see my reviews of Jack by Jack Perfumes and Jack Covent Garden). It wasShow More Summary

The Olivier score: John Berry 4, Covent Garden 2

The annual theatre awards tilt heavily in favour of the artistic director that the Arts Council got fired from English National Opera. Berry commissioned four of the shortlisted performances. Then he got sacked. He is unlikely to be invited to the awards dinner.   Two of the ENO nominees have since rebelled against his successors. […]

Covent Garden is selling tickets for Jonas Kaufmann’s Otello

With slightly awkward timing, the Royal Opera House opened its box-office on Friday for sales of June’s Otello with the ephemeral German tenor. The immediate sales are to Friends only. General booking begins March 28. It was on Friday that Kaufmann’s New York manager Alan Green announced he was pulling out of the Metropolitan Opera’s […]

Taking the stage: Hrachuchi Bassenz mades Covent Garden debut as Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur - Royal Opera House (photo ROH / Catherine Ashmore) Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur; Hrachuhi Bassenz, Brian Jagde, Alessandro Corbelli, Ksenia Dudnikova, dir: David McVicar / Justin Way, cond: Daniel Oren; Royal Opera...Show More Summary

Richard E Grant / Jack Covent Garden ~ quick fragrance review

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed the debut fragrance from actor Richard E. Grant, Jack by Jack Perfumes. I thought I'd review his other two fragrances the following week, but the best laid plans and all that. Here, a bit late, is a brief review of the second fragrance, Covent Garden, and I'll try to get to the third next week. Show More Summary

An international soprano is told her husband is dying

The New Zealand soprano Anna Leese, who has sung at Covent Garden and across Europe, recently married an Italian winemaker, Stefano Guidi, They have a small child.   Stefano has received terrible news. He has an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease that is advancing fast. He has two years to live, they have been […]

Glyndebourne in late search for chorus master

The opera festival is advertising for a chorus master to start work in September, which is soon. He or she will replace Jeremy Bines, who is swanning off to Deutsche Oper to succeed William Spaulding, now at Covent Garden. Gly have left it very late to start looking. And they won’t find one out there …

Deadline’s BAFTA Awards Live Blog

It’s the turn of the Brits to hand out awards season kudos, with the EE British Academy Film Awards transferring from Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House to the even grander opulence of the Royal Albert Hall this year. In keeping withShow More Summary

Nabucco is a role for the 70s

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Placido Domingo has sung the young Verdi’s old king at Covent Garden and the Met at the age of 75. Running him close is Leo Nucci, the specialist Italian Verdi baritone, who is presently singing Nabucco at the Vienna State Opera. Nucci will be 75 in April. He shows no sign of strain. If the voice […]

Sudden death of an international Russian tenor, 64

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We regret to share news of the death of Paul Kudryavchenko, a Bolshoi tenor who also sang at Covent Garden, Munich, Bordeaux, Cardiff, Omaha and Florida. Cause of death has not been given.

Step Back In Time And Visit London's World-Famous Markets

2 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

A sneak peek into the past at Covent Garden, Billingsgate and Smithfield.

Covent Garden presents silent singer tonight

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The baritone Christopher Purves has a throat infection and cannot sing in tonight’s Written on Skin. Good trooper that he is, he will act the part while James Cleverton sings from the wings.

Concentrated intensity: George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's Written on Skin revived at Covent Garden

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Barbara Hannigan - Written on Skin, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2012 George Benjamin Written on Skin; Barbara Hannigan, Iestyn Davies, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Mark Padmore, dir: Katie Mitchell, cond: George...Show More Summary

James Bond in Motion – London Film Museum

The largest collection of original James Bond Vehicles is now displayed at the London Film Museum at Covent Garden. TFB had a look – with the focus on the firearms, rockets and other similar things used in the James Bond movies. “Bond...Show More Summary

December on Planet Hugill: two Marschallins, Alice and Mrs Pankhurst

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Renée Fleming, Sophie Bevan in Act 3 of Der Rosenkavalier © ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore Welcome to December on Planet Hugill, a month when we managed to catch two very different casts in Covent Garden's Der Rosenkavalier, heard a variety of Christmas music and theatre, and I was lucky enough to interview the film composer Rachel Portman. Show More Summary

A touch of greatness: Renée Fleming returns to the Marschallin at Covent Garden

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier; Renee Fleming, Alice Coote, Sophie Bevan, Matthew Rose, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, dir: Robert Carsen, cond: Andris Nelsons; Covent garden Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 17 2016 Star rating: 4.5 SetShow More Summary

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