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Fallen angel

yesterdayArts : Night and Day

The Adèsives were out in force at Covent Garden last Monday for the UK première of their hero’s third opera,… See the full story of Fallen angel on The Spectator.

Kristine Jepson, Mezzo-Soprano, Dead At 54

Among the many roles that won her acclaim at the Met, Covent Garden, and two dozen other international opera houses were the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, and, in contemporary opera, Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and Sister Helen Préjean in Dead Man Walking.

Deep sheep trouble at Covent Garden

We hear that one of three live sheep hired for the upcoming UK premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Exterminating Angel has been fired from the show after a disgraceful performance at the pre-general rehearsal. The miscreant is called Sheila and you’re advised to stay well upwind if you meet her. The appearance of the other […]

Sicklist: Tenor cancels Covent Garden

The fading Rolando Villazon has told the ROH he won’t be feeling well enough at the end of next month to sing Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. His replacement is the Armenian Liparit Avetisyan. Ticket-holders have been contacted, say the ROH. His is not the tenor cancellation the house is really fearing.

Arise, Sir Maestro…

The British conductor Jeffrey Tate was knighted yesterday by Prince William. Tate, 74 next week, is chief conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Born with spina bifida, he has been principal conductor at Covent Garden, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Sao Carlo theatre in Naples.   photo: PA pool

Covent Garden chief takes new job

The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen has named John Fulljames as its next head of opera. John has been Associate Director of Opera for the Royal Opera in London since 2011. He was beaten by Oliver Mears to the artistic director job last year when Kasper Holten moved back to Denmark. Copenhagen is a swing-door house […]

Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt in Linz

We don't get many of Paul Hindemith's large scale operas in the UK, though Mathis der Mahler did make a fleeting appearance at Covent Garden in 1995. There is a chance in Linz, as on Saturday 8 April 2017 Hindemith's opera about Johannes...Show More Summary

There's A New Kind Of Booing From Britain's Opera Audiences, And It's Good, Says Covent Garden's Music Director

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The custom has made its way to the opera house from, of all places, Christmas pantomimes - and Antonio Pappano is all for it. (After all, that Pinkerton is a terrible cad.)

Rossini, Janacek, Benjamin and more: Covent Garden's 2017/18 season

Erwin Schrott and dancers in Les Vepres Siciliennes (c) ROH/Bill Cooper 2013 Covent Garden's 2017 season has just been announced, and a fascinating one it is too. It is Oliver Mears' first season as Director of Opera, though it will probably take some time for his presence to be felt fully, still there are some intriguing aspects to the season. Show More Summary

Royal Ballet Choreographer Publicly Insults Dancers Over Bad Reviews

The London critics were not fond of David Dawson's The Human Seasons, onstage at Covent Garden as part of a triple bill. In the comment section for one particularly harsh review, Dawson's assistant choreographer, Tim Couchman, left a rant blaming the poor quality of the performance on the dancers, insulting their professionalism, skill, work ethic, […]

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

2 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

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

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

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

2 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

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

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