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London’s voice doctor has died

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We hear from Rosalind Plowright that Dr Ardeshir S Khambata FRCS, the Harley Street ear, nose and throat surgeon who was consultant to Covent Garden, English National Opera and the Royal College of Music, has died in Mumbai, India. ‘Eddie’, as he was known, was a close personal friend to many singers.  

Karajan’s designer is dead

We regret to report the death today in Vienna of Günther Schneider-Siemssen, designer of some 500 opera and theatre productions at the Met, Salzburg, Vienna, Covent Garden and more. He worked closely with Herbert von Karajan at his peak and was known as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for all the obvious reasons. He died days before […]

Just in: Domingo cancels Covent Garden

Placido Domingo has pulled out of this week’s Traviata for family reasons. He explains: I am very sorry to have to cancel my upcoming performance of La Traviata in London on Thursday, May 28th. I am still in Boston and will remain by my sister María José’s side until she returns to stable condition and […]

Just in: Domingo cancels Vienna

The baritone has pulled out of tomorrow’s Nabucco ‘for serious family reasons’. He is replaced by Zeljko Lucic. He’s due at Covent Garden next week.

Down the Procurement Pub with Coupa, Tungsten, Etihad, and Little May

Categories: This is the aftermath of the breakfast discussion yesterday at Balthazar in Covent Garden, organised by spend management software experts Coupa, at which we debated how public sector procurement can best meet the sometimes...Show More Summary

Just in: Post-natal star is out at Covent Garden

The ROH has announced: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is forced to withdraw from the first four performances of La traviata on 18, 22, 25 and 28 May. She is suffering from postpartum-induced anaemia and has been ordered by her doctors to observe a period of complete rest and rehabilitation. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka will now sing […]

The Gentleman’s Guide to Covent Garden?

On the New Yorker website, Nicola Twilley recently wrote about Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies, a guide to the prostitutes of London published annually between 1757 and 1795. The Wellcome Library in London recently digitized the 1787 and 1788 volumes. Show More Summary

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I had wonderful chats with choreographer Wayne McGregor and composer Max Richter about the ambitious new ballet Woolf Works, which opens at Covent Garden on Monday and stars the great Alessandra Ferri, making a comeback. It's in the Independent today, but here's the "director's cut"... Show More Summary

The Opera Platform

For those intrigued by Covent Garden's new production of Szymanowski's King Roger (see my review), but unable to attend a performance, there is good news. The opera will be streamed live, and available on demand, on a new website The Opera Platform. Show More Summary

Just in: Europe launches free opera streaming platform

Opera Platform was launched today at the Opera Europa conference in Madrid. Supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, the website links cultural broadcaster ARTE and 15 opera companies including Covent Garden and Welsh National Opera in the UK. The aim is to offer free content, including live performances from the 15 opera participating companies. […]

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

Melissa Hamilton & Matthew Golding in Manon. Photo: Alice Pennefather The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer. (Here's...Show More Summary

Just in: Domingo to stage Operalia at Covent Garden

The competition, which has yielded some major talents – Sonya Yoncheva (2010), Erwn Schrott (1998) – is coming to London for the first time in July. The finals will clash with the opening weekend of the BBC Proms. Bad timing, Plácido. (Oh, he’s conducting, too). Press release:   COMPETITION FINAL: SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015, 6PM […]

Death of an eminent Canadian soprano

Clarice Carson, who has died at 85, sang leading roles in the late 1960s and 1970s at the Met, Covent Garden, La Scala and other big stages. Among many career highlights, she sang Desdemona to Jon Vickers’ Otello.

Grand if not subtle - 'Aida' at Covent Garden

Ljuba Welitsch Verdi Aida; Ljuba Welitsch, Franz Lechleitner, Edith Coates, Kenneth Schon, conducted: Warwick Braithwaite, directed: Michael Benthall; Covent Garden Reviewed by Our London Music Critic on Oct 16 1949 From The Scotsman, 17 October 1949 Of all grand operas Aida has many claims to be called the grandest. Show More Summary

Seductive and satisfying - King Roger at Covent Garden

King Roger - photo copyright ROH Karol Szymanowski Król Roger; Mariusz Kwiecien, Goergia Jarman, Saimir Pirgu, dir: Kasper Holten, cond: Antonio Pappano; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 1 2015 Star rating:...Show More Summary

A choreographer and his muse...

Coming up fast at Covent Garden: Wayne McGregor's new ballet Woolf Works, based on three Virginia Woolf novels and her life story. More of this soon. Meanwhile, here is Wayne working with his regular muse, the incredible Edward Watson, who is Orlando. Amazing to watch their connection as Wayne imagines something and Ed immediately knows how to make it real.

How did this even get into the news?

Fifteen-year-old Gearóid Solan has been accepted into the upper level of the Royal Ballet School at Covent Garden beginning with the fall term having received a waiver to the minimum entrance age of sixteen. He’s Irish – as in born,...

Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Agostino Steffani Niobe, Regina di Tebe; Veronique Gens, Jacek Laszczkowski, Iestyn Davies, Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 19 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Outing on disc of Covent Garden's 2010...Show More Summary

The Macallan Bottles Some of Its 48-Year-Old Scotch for London’s Savoy Hotel

The legendary Savoy Hotel, located in London’s central Covent Garden district, will celebrate its legacy by giving some of it away. The Savoy 125th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch—a rare sherry-cask-aged, 48-year-old Macallan—comes with a polished piece of the original bar top from the hotel’s famous American Bar. Show More Summary

Enescu, Chabrier, Gluck and Haas - Royal Opera new season

Covent Garden announced its 2015/2016 season last week and Kasper Holten's Royal Opera season has been eagerly picked over by everyone, itemising the amount of contemporary opera, the number of old war-horses making a reappearance and the paucity of Jonas Kaufmann showings. Show More Summary

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