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Hub hotel has smart rooms you run from your wrist

9 minutes agoTechnology / Apple : Cult Of Mac

I typically look for two things in a hotel room: Internet included with the room and free breakfast. But a new hotel in London’s Covent Gardens might have me adding some things to that list. The recently opened Hub hotel … Read more...

Just in: ROH tones down rape, covers up victim

PR man Mark Borkowski was at the second performance of William Tell at Covent Garden last night. He saw, ‘a production about as raunchy as an in flagrante tussle in Downton. Rather than being naked the actress covered herself. This altered the tone of the scene to make the rape less explicit and more stylised. […]

Advice to Covent Garden: Make it shorter

Here’s the warning letter the ROH has sent ut to all who have bought tickets for William Tell. Too long by half?   We are writing to you as you have booked a ticket for Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. You might be aware of very strong public reactions to a scene in this production in the […]

Just in: Covent Garden agrees to minmum wage

The Royal Opera House, which has been squeezing its lowest-paid staff, has made significant concessions to avoid a strike by maintenance and auxiliary workers. Covent Garden has agreed to pay the London living wage – presently £9.15 per hour – as a minimum. It will also grant a 2.75% pay rise backdated to September 2014, with […]

Exclusive: An open letter from Kasper Holten on William Tell

We have received, within hours, the following response from Covent Garden’s artistic director to an article by opera singer Catharine Rogers, arguing that the rape scene in William Tell was excessive and unnecessary. Dear all, Let me first of all emphasise that of course the reaction of Catharine and of many others make a strong […]

The singer’s tale: ‘I was sobbing and shaking in William Tell’

Catharine Rogers, a London opera singer, went to the dress rehearsal last Friday of Damiano Michieletto’s Covent Garden production of Rossini’s William Tell. In the extended rape scene, she was profoundly upset. Knowing that it was bad form to discuss a production before opening night, she stayed quiet while others booed. Then she wrote to the […]

Covent Garden’s William Tell is ‘inexcusably nasty’

First broadsheet review of last night’s storm-tossed production pulls no punches. Richard Morrison writes on the Times site: photo (c) Donald Cooper/ROH   With one inexcusably nasty five-minute sequence, rightly greeted with a performance-stopping...Show More Summary

Sustained booing at Covent Garden for new William Tell

The first night audience at the Royal Opera House is not a baying mob. Disapproval is expressed by low applause and early departure. Last night, the audience broke its behaviour rules at a bad new production. A Slipped Disc reader reports: I have just been to see William Tell at the ROH. The first night […]

Sunday Food: Visit to Neal’s Yard Dairy Farm Cheeses from the British Isles

(Picture courtesy of Kalina Wilson at flickr.com.) Some posts come out to get you, and this is one.  Last Saturday I was strolling around the Covent Garden area, just enjoying the ancient cobblestone streets and the bric-a-brac of stonework and sculpture on the buildings.   Then I happened onto a lady out in front of a...

The Royal Ballet's "Don Quixote" and Celebration Gala (PHOTOS)

It was a royal week for Chicago when The Royal Ballet, Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, came into town (oh yeah, and that time the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup) after a 37-year-absence bringing their critically-acclaimed performance of Carlos Acosta's "Don Quixote". Show More Summary

Excuse me, but why isn't this man conducting Wagner at Covent Garden and Bayreuth?

Here's my review for The Independent of Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Festival Opera the other day. GO. NOW. Only two more performances, one of which is today.I'm seeing Tristan again at Bayreuth in August, incidentally, and I challenge...Show More Summary

Two Covent Garden chiefs earn over £250,000

A tweet from Rupert Christiansen prompts us to take a closer look at the Royal Opera House accounts for the year ended 31 August 2014, the more so in light of Peter Gelb’s inflated salary at the Metropolitan Opera. What we find is that Sir Antonio Pappano took home just under £539,000 ($840k), which is […]

Bayreuth in Your Own Backyard

Longborough Festival Opera is Bayreuth in the Cotswolds, our almost-local 500 seat auditorium, converted from a giant chicken shed, with the seats bought second-hand from Covent Garden. Its founders, Martin and Lizzie Graham, built this mini-Bayreuth in their own backyard with the inspired-lunatic idea of staging Wagner’s operas in the correct grand style, but on […]

Composers lead disruption of Covent Garden opera

Two protestors, who named themselves as composers Kate Honey and Dr Chris Garrard, held up a banner and chanted slogans on Wednesday night at the end of the first interval of La Bohème. Others continued the protest outside. The banners read ‘End Oil Sponsorship’ and were aimed at BP, a major sponsor of the ROH […]

Dancing ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (Choreographer Wayne McGregor Is Not Afraid Of Virginia Woolf)

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“His new ballet, Woolf Works, which is derived from, or based on – the verbs being precisely the problem – three novels by Virginia Woolf, recently premiered at Covent Garden in London. It is a brilliant, uneven, tender piece – and it offers one way of thinking about [a] constant conundrum for the art of […]

May on Planet Hugill - throat singing in Tallinn, Wolf-Ferrari in Bratislava

Welcome to May on Planet Hugill, where we were off to Cardiff, Tallinn and Bratislava in addition to our usual London haunts. Opera both near and far Szymanowski's King Roger got a rare, and satisfying outing at Covent Garden. ETO launched Shackleton's Cat by Russell Hepplewhite, their new opera for young people. Show More Summary

Kaiser surrenders

Michael Kaiser made a career by selling himself as the Turnaround King. His snake-oil worked at Covent Garden in London. It conspicuously failed at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Now Kaiser has written a book about the arts in America. Published by Backwater University Press, its title is Curtains?  In other words, we’re doomed. The […]

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