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London, Cambridge, St Petersburg: new production of George Benjamin's Written on Skin

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Barbara Hannigan in George Benjamin's Written on Skin at the Royal Opera 2012© ROH/Stephen Cummiskey With George Benjamin's new opera Lessons in Love and Violence receiving its world premiere at Covent Garden in May 2018, it is exciting that a new production of Benjamin's previous opera Written in Skin is about to take wing. Show More Summary

Terrific show: Verdi's Les vêpres Siciliennes at Covent Garden

Erwin Schrott as Procida and dancers in Les vêpres Siciliennes © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013 Verdi Les vepres Siciliennes; Malin Bystrom, Bryan Hymel, Erwin Schrott, Michael Volle, dir: Stefan Herheim/Daniel Dooner, cond: Maurizio Benini;...Show More Summary

Covent Garden musicians prefer pensions to pay rise

Long-serving musicians of the Royal Opera House have voted to take a cut in their pay rise in exchange for an improved pension scheme for new members. Read here.

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels with the aesthetic pleasure of isomorophic cutaway art, along with some interesting...Show More Summary

Pretty vacant

last weekArts : Night and Day

Alice is at it again. Christopher Wheeldon’s 2011 three-act ballet began another sell-out run at Covent Garden last week. It’s…

Fancy Trying Crispy Fried Bugs Or Ants' Eggs?

2 weeks agoEngland / London : Londonist

Warm up your tastebuds at Covent Garden's Lao Cafe.

Small wonders

2 weeks agoArts : Night and Day

It has been a reasonably good week for peripatetic opera-loving female-underwear fetishists. In La bohème at Covent Garden Musetta slipped…

Carmen change at Covent Garden due to pregnancy

The  German soprano Anett Fritsch has withdrawn from singing Micaëla in the ROH Barrie Kosky Carmen due to an anticipated happy event. She will be replaced by the Russian Kristina Mkhitaryan (pictured). Once upon a time, when pregnancy was coyly referred to as a ‘happy event’ or ‘a certain condition’, sopranos sang on until the last moment and sometimes gave birth in […]

Leaving you an emotional wreck: La Boheme at Covent Garden

La bohème, The Royal Opera - Simona Mihai, Michael Fabbiano, Nicole Car, Marius Kwiecien, Florian Sempey © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. Puccini La Boheme; Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car, Mariusz Kwiecien, Simona Mihai, Luca...Show More Summary

Covent Garden offers £230 seats for £10, but…

The Royal Opera House is planning to make some of its best seats available for the price of a large pizza. The catch? You’ll have to sit on the floor. Oliver Mears, the RO’s director, is intent on reviving the old Midland Bank Proms, where rows of stalls seats were removed to make way for […]

Desert sheikhs grab Covent Garden’s top digital man

We hear that Tom Nelson, head of Audience Labs at the Royal Opera House, has gone to work in an unspecified role at the unfinished Royal Opera House of Muscar, in Oman. Tom’s role at Covent Garden opera was free-ranging. He was tasked ‘to experiment and innovate with new technologies to build new audiences.’ In […]

Death of a distinguished Canadian soprano, 86

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The death has been announced of Irene Salemka, a Canadian who joined Frankfurt State Opera when Georg Solti was music director and enjoyed a good career on major European stages and on record. Solti engaged her at Covent Garden for the premiere of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. She married into Canada’s McGillivray singing family and […]

Food Review: Margot

2 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

An antidote to Covent Garden's tourist traps.

Nadine Sierra misses out on London debut

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The US soprano was due to open the Covent Garden season in Richard Jones’s new production of La Bohème, but she has cried off. Her replacements are, if anything, more interesting. One is the Lebanese-Canadian Joyce El-Khouri (pictured) who is rising faster than Icarus. The remaining dates will be covered by the Romanian-born British soprano Simona Mihai. […]

An Inspector Calls on the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden

The Daily Mail's Inspector called in at London's new Henrietta Hotel, and is in praise of its Art-Deco inspired decor, unique food and buzzy atmosphere.

Chet Baker: Live in London

2 months 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

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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 […]

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