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Just in: New York Times beats London papers with first Otello review

It hurts to write this but the New York Times, at 10.45 this morning, beat the massed ranks of British broadsheets to post the first review of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut as Otello at Covent Garden. Zachary Woolfe’s verdict: In front of a sold-out Royal Opera House here, Mr. Kaufmann made his debut in the part, and […]

Just in: Covent Garden loses star pair

Roberto Alagna and his wife  Aleksandra Kurzak have announced their withdrawal from the ROH’s L’Elisir d’Amore. In an instagram message, he says he is suffering from tracheisis. He withdrew in the middle of tonight’s performance and was replaced by Ioan Hotea. Not clear if she is continuing. @royaloperahouse #sosorry #tried but #havetostop #rohelisir #tracheisis … #seeusoon […]

Where Pappano goes next

We’ve been hearing for a while that Sir Antonio Pappano will not conduct Covent Garden into the 2020s. He has been music director for 15 years, is 57 years old and he tells the Times today that it could be time to move on. But where? Reports that he is being considered to succeed Kirill […]

Guest Post: The Exterminating Angel

Review by Burst of Beaden Royal Opera House, Covent Garden April 24, 2017 Music by Thomas Ades Libretto by Tom Cairns Conducted by Thomas Ades Directed by Tom Cairns Royal Opera Orchestra & Chorus For anyone who has seen Luis Bunuel's...Show More Summary

DIY Wedding in London with Amazing Homemade Details

Photographer: Becky Bailey Photography / Venue: Buckettsland Farm / Grooms' Attire: Next / Bridesmaid Skirts: Eva Stavrou / Bridesmaid Tops: Miss Selfridge / Flowers: New Covent Garden Market / Music: Disco 1

Absent Iago contests Covent Garden’s decision to replace him

The French baritone Ludovic Tézier has openend a twitter account to assure the opera world that he is perfectly healthy and does not agree with Covent Garden’s decision to replace him in Otello.     Ludovic has posted a video in English in order to explain his position to the UK public. pic.twitter.com/3RTi36jRup — Ludovic […]

Triple thrill

2 weeks agoArts : Night and Day

Thrilling debuts, starry guests and a tear-stained farewell at Covent Garden this week as the Royal Ballet closed the season…

Jonas Kaufmann: Why I saved my first Otello for London

The tenor tells the Covent Garden website: ‘I can’t tell you exactly the amount of offers I got for this part… You need an enormous amount of experience. It’s not so much the technical side of singing the role, but the challenge of losing yourself in the craziness of this character and pushing yourself to a limit […]

The First Artificial Skating Rinks Looked Pretty But Smelled Terrible

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The first artificial ice skating rink opened in London in June of 1844, after a few months in a temporary location at Covent Gardens. Strangely, that was before the technology was available to freeze water for the skating surface. The Glaciarium was decorated to resemble a winter wonderland, refreshing in the summer heat. Show More Summary

Drop out: Covent Garden loses its Iago

The French baritone Ludovic Tézier has pulled out of what would have been his ROH debut in the upcoming Verdi Otello. He is replaced by the Italian Marco Vratogna Tézier said: ‘Due to health reasons, I was unfortunately unable to attend the first week of rehearsals … When it became apparent that I would be further […]

Scarlet women

3 weeks agoArts : Night and Day

A Covent Garden barfly was scanning her programme during the first interval: ‘Oh yes, the one about the gynaecologist.’ She…

Covent Garden: The opera is cancelled, we’ll do highlights instead

Extraordinary scenes yesterday afternoon at the Royal Opera House. A packed Bank Holiday crowd were settling in their seats for a Don Carlo matinée when an announcement was made of a change of plan. Kristin Lewis, singing Elisabetta, had fallen ill an hour before the performance and been taken to hospital. There was no understudy as […]

Abstract? Is anything?

Zenaida Yanowsky in Symphonic Dances: angels, demons and revolution? Photo: (c) Emma Kauldhar courtesy of Royal Opera House I've been away for a bit, but before I went I hot-footed it to Covent Garden to see Liam Scarlett's new ballet, set to the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances. Show More Summary

Editorial: No bags allowed at Covent Garden

The new security measures imposed at the Royal Opera House in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena atrocity will change the habits of operagoers. Most people go to the opera straight from work, often carrying a briefcase or laptop. That’s no longer advisable, says the ROH. So opera lovers will have to adjust their timeworn […]

Just in: Covent Garden orders unprecedented security

Dear As you will soon be attending a performance or event at the Royal Opera House we would like to draw your attention to some changes to our security measures in light of the tragic events in Manchester and the raised UK security threat level. You will notice an increased security presence at the Royal […]

Not quite a vintage revival but much to enjoy: Verdi's Don Carlo returns to Covent Garden

Auto da fe scene - Verdi: Don Carlo - Royal Opera - ©ROH, Photo Catherine Ashmore Verdi Don Carlo; Bryan Hymel, Kristin Lewis, Christoph Pohl, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ildar Abdrazakov, dir: Nicholas Hytner, cond: Bertrand de Billy; Royal...Show More Summary

Sergei Polunin Cancels His Return To London's Royal Ballet

Two performances in Marguerite and Armand at Covent Garden in June were to be his first performances with the company - which trained him and where he became a principal at age 19 - since he walked away without warning five years ag...

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