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last weekArts : Parterre Box

It’s time to add more legends to my Mixcloud site: Mario Del Monaco, Raina Kabaivanska, and Tito Gobbi star in this 1962 performance of Otello from Covent Garden led by Georg Solti.

The tenor who gave flowers to his prompter

Much was made in London reviews of the loud prompt received by Placido Domingo during a recent opening night of Nabucco at Covent Garden. Today’s Telegraph obituary of Alberto Remedios reveals that the great English heldentenor was unashamed of acknowledging a little help with lapsed memory. Despite his thrilling voice, Remedios struggled with memorising his […]

The three key tests of a Covent Garden chief

Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, tells Managment Today that he worries about his waistline, his divas and his seating capacity in the instant caption. But, in an unusually candid and lengthy conversation, he discusses two deaths in the family as vital motivation: He is the oldest son of an eminent plastic […]

In case you missed it: May on Planet Hugill - Ukuleles in Dresden, Shakespeare at the Temple, Handel in Westminster

Welcome to May on Planet Hugill, a month which included the thrilling revival of Enescu's opera Oedipe at Covent Garden as well as our trip to the Dresden Music Festival. Various Venues The delight of both: we saw Shakespeare's A Midsummer...Show More Summary

London is spoilt for choice

Tonight’s menu: 1 New Tristan and Isolde opens at ENO 2 Nabucco with Domingo at Covent Garden 3 Trifonov at the Wigmore Hall 4 Lisa Batiashvili with the LSO at the Barbican 5 Gil Shaham with the Philharmonia at the RFH. Just another Thursday night. Anyone staying home?    

Dancing music in the C20: northern soul (1960-64)

The term ‘northern soul’ was reportedly coined in 1968 by music journalist and owner of the Covent Garden’s Soul City record shop, Dave Godin. The handle would not become commonplace until some 5 years later when the northern soul scene took root in a handful of nightclubs scattered across the north of England. Godin’s terminology wasn’t an attempt to […]

Domingo: ‘You pitiful old man, a shadow of what you were’

As Placido Domingo sang that line in the third act of last night’s revival of Verdi’s Nabucco at Covent Garden, few in the house failed to register the pathos. Domingo is 75, still singing for all he’s worth. Wherever he appears, there are critical mutterings in the media that he’s not a ‘real’ Verdi baritone, […]

ROH swells the payroll

At a time when English National Opera is being pushed to the brink of extinction, it’s a bit upsetting to see that Covent Garden inflated its payroll last year to 1,057 people, a net increase of 33. More discomfiting still, 19 of these people earned over £100,000. That’s rich. Looking at the staff list, everybody […]

Pappano earned extra £200,000 at Covent Garden last year

Independent analysis of the Royal Opera House accounts shows a huge wake hike for the music director. Sir Antonio Pappano was paid  £737,424 in 2014/15. This breaks down to salary of £104,186 plus conducting fees of £633,238. An ROH spokesman said he conducted a lot more nights last year. How many nights is two-thirds of a million […]

Formidable US soprano dies, aged 94

The death has been reported of Phyllis Curtin, who sang major roles at the Met, Vienna, La Scala and Covent Garden from the 1950s to the 1960s and created the title role on Carlisle Floyd’s successful opera, Susannah. No less incisively, she was an influential teacher at Tanglewood for half a century and was dean […]

Brought thrillingly to life: Enescu's Oedipe at Covent Garden

Enescu's Oedipe - photo ROH/Clive Barda Enescu Oedipe; Johan Reuter, Sarah Connolly, John Tomlinson, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, dir: Alex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, cond: Leo Hussain; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Reviewed by RobertShow More Summary

New chairman at Covent Garden

Simon Robey is stepping down. His replacement is energy trader Ian Taylor, a long-serving board member and donor. Corporate press release here.

Maestro move: SanFran Opera loses music director

Nicola Luisotti has announced he is stepping down as music director of San Francisco Opera in July 2018, after 11 years in the job. That puts him in line automatically for vacancies at the Met, Munich and, potentially, Covent Garden. Luisotti, 54, is also music director at San Carlo in Naples, He has been quietly […]

Robert De Niro Is Opening a Luxury Hotel in London

Following the success of his Greenwich Hotel in NYC, the actor has announced plans to open the Wellington Hotel in Covent Garden.

International Opera Awards - winners in 2016

Ermonela Jaho as Sister Angelica in Suor Angelica © ROH 2016. Photograph by Bill Cooper The tenor Gregory Kunde, who has recently made the transition from Rossini & Donizetti tenor roles to Verdi (he makes his Covent Garden debut asShow More Summary

Now Netrebko’s Met replacement has her say

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Sonya Yoncheva will open the 2016-17 Covent Garden season as Norma, instead of Anna Netrebko. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Netrebko at the Met opening of 2017-18. Sondra says: Well, the cat is out of the bag….I will be singing the new production and opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 season in NORMA! YEAHHH! So […]

The Met helps Covent Garden to replace Netrebko

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role. ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there […]

Looking forward to The Exterminating Angel

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Thomas Ades' new opera The Exterminating Angel, which comes to Covent Garden next year, premieres at the Salzburg Festival on 28 July 2016. The work is a co-commission and co-production between the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and Den Kongelige Opera, Copenhagen. Show More Summary

Breaking: Another London opera house issues sex warning

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Following the Covent Garden fuss over blood and sex in Lucia di Lammermoor, it appears that Sadler’s Wells has also caught a cold. Here’s what ticket-buyers are being told: Thank you for booking for Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. We are writing to you to let you know about some developments with the production. As […]

Anna Netrebko Decides Not To Sing Norma After All, Leaving London And New York In The Lurch

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

New productions of Bellini’s Norma built around Netrebko were planned as season opening galas at Covent Garden this fall (her debut in the role) and the Met in the fall of 2017. However, she has announced, “I have come to the unfortunate conclusion my voice has evolved in a different direction.”

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