17 June 2014 at 12.19pm | Comment on this article
The newly restored portrait of John Tooley, Royal Opera House General Director from 1970 to 1988, was unveiled last night to mark the former director’s 90th birthday.
The portrait, painted by Australian artist Bryan Westwood, was initially commissioned in 1982 as part of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the Royal Opera House.
Now, after 34 years of wear and tear, the portrait has been fully restored by paintings conservator Susan Moore of Plowden and Smith Ltd; it has undergone repair work, been re-varnished, re-glazed, and re-hung in the Amphitheatre Bar.
John Tooley first joined the Royal Opera House in 1955, becoming General Director in 1970. During his tenure, a range of iconic Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions had their premieres, including John Copley’s much-loved La bohème, Andrei Serban’s Turandot, Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon and Anthony Dowell’s Swan Lake.