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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 […]

Puzza la tela dipinta

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

This afternoon the Royal Opera House offers a first glimpse of Richard Jones' new production of La bohème, the first at that theater since about 1735 or so.

A MacMillan classic and Royal Opera House premiere

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Ballet News

New life given to lost MacMillan work A MACMILLAN CLASSIC RETURNS AND A ROYAL OPERA HOUSE PREMIERE FOR SCOTTISH BALLET THIS AUTUMN Kenneth MacMillan’s original choreography of The Fairy’s Kiss (Le... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The art of saying no: soprano Albina Shagimuratova on Semiramide, Aspasia, Mimi and Turandot

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia - Mozart: Mitridate Re di Ponto - Royal Opera House 2017 (Photo (c) ROH, Bill Cooper) The Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova has been wowing London audiences with her command of relatively rare repertoire. Show More Summary

Twitter and London’s Royal Opera House Are Joining Forces to Share Operas Entirely in Emojis

Many stories are told via emojis, but Twitter and London's Royal Opera House are taking it to the next level on Monday, July 17, in honor of World Emoji Day, using them to tell the story of an entire opera. This isn't the first collaboration between these unlikely partners: They first joined forces to tweet...

Broadcast: Turandot

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Lise Lindstrom and Roberto Alagna (not pictured) head the cast of the Royal Opera House's Turandot.

Not a classic: Puccini's Turandot revived at Covent Garden

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Robin Leggate and Christine Goerke © Tristram Kenton | ROH Puccini Turandot; Christina Goerke, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Hibla Gerzmava, Dan Ettinger; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Anthony Evans on Jul 9 2017 Star rating: 3.0 Andrei Serban's...Show More Summary

The Royal Ballet School Summer Perfudmance 2017

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Ballet News

The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Sunday 9th Judy 2017   For reasons behind my control I am only reviewing the second half of this performance. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

England Cuts Funding For Four Large Organisations, Adds Smaller Groups Both In And Beyond London

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre will all lose 3% of their [Arts Council England] national portfolio organisation grant throughout the next funding period, which runs from 2018 to 2022.... [The cuts] will allow funding for other London-based companies to remain the same and for […]

Arts Council ineffectually trims London to feed the regions

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Arts Council England has lopped £2.5 million off the annual funding of four London-based national companies – the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company – in order to boost arts spending around the country. The ACE has increased the number of organisations it funds from 700 to 831. So far, so good. […]

Hotello

Kaufmann as Otello, Vratogna as Iago.All photos by Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House One of the first rules of reviewing is: do not start by talking about the weather. So to start on the Royal Opera's new Otello by pointing out that...Show More Summary

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

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

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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 […]

Exploring a mysterious world: Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon - Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel - Royal Opera -(C) ROH / Photo by Clive Barda Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel; cond: Thomas Adès, dir: Tom Cairns; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 3Show More Summary

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