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Opera and ballet represented in Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018

A number of those associated with the Royal Opera House have been recognised, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside and Kevin O'Hare.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 June 2018 at 10.31pm | 11 Comments

The Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 have been announced, featuring a number of recipients associated with the Royal Opera House.

Legendary soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is awarded the Companion of Honour. The New Zealander made her Royal Opera debut in 1971 and sang many times at Covent Garden over the course of her career. Her last performances at the Royal Opera House were in 2014, celebrating her 70th birthday with performances in Donizetti's La Fille du régiment. She also founded the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, which provides financial and career scholarships to young New Zealander singers and musicians.

Those knighted include baritone Simon Keenlyside and philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman. Keenlyside made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 and has performed many roles since. He will return to Covent Garden both this Season to sing Ford in Falstaff, and in 2018/19 to sing Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O'Hare receives a CBE. O'Hare was appointed to the position in 2012 and since then his focus has been promoting artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company's performing platform.

'It is truly wonderful to receive such an honour', he said. 'Working at The Royal Ballet is a daily privilege thanks to all the talented people, both on stage and off, all of whom make this company so exceptional.  It feels particularly special to receive this honour at the end of what has been a very exciting season, culminating in our recent new production of Swan Lake'.

Thomas Adès – the composer behind The Exterminating Angel, The Tempest and Powder Her Face – is also awarded a CBE.

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote has been awarded an OBE while Ballet Master/Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Gary Avis receives an MBE. Coote has performed many times at Covent Garden since her 2002 debut – most recently as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier; while Avis has danced with The Royal Ballet since 1989, his many roles with the Company include Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Step-sister in Cinderella.

Composer and choreographer Hofesh Shechter has been awarded an honorary OBE for Services to Dance. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2015 with Untouchable, for which he also co-composed the score, and his Royal Opera debut later the same year, co-directing Orphée et Eurydice with John Fulljames.

Other high-profile recipients from the arts world this year include Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley, Simon Schama and Emma Thompson.

 

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 June 2018 at 10.31pm

This article has been categorised Awards, Off stage and tagged Queen's Birthday Honours

This article has 11 comments

  1. Ann O’Shaughnessy responded on 8 June 2018 at 10:49pm Reply

    Congratulations to all. Specially delighted for Simon Keenlyside- well deserved.

  2. Daphne Vakacegu responded on 9 June 2018 at 4:16am Reply

    A big congratulations to Kevin O'Hare receiving a CBE. He and his team has done so much to bring the RB to the rest of the world through the online screening and clips of RB rehearsals - I have learnt so much from the rehearsals about the actual ballets and the stories they depict and also I have come to love the dancers partaking in the rehearsals - I have the opportunity to observe their individual characters, I feel like I have met them which adds to the pleasure of watching them dance and seeing the dancers' progress within the RB.
    Bravo and thank you Kevin O'Hare, your CBE is well deserved!!!

  3. Smd responded on 9 June 2018 at 5:59am Reply

    Congratulations everyone

  4. elleG responded on 9 June 2018 at 11:57am Reply

    Of course, congratulations go to all the recipients but I would like to single out Kevin O'Hare. The Royal Ballet exemplifies artistic excellence but his 6 year tenure as Director has been distinguished in particular by the introduction of a more diverse and 'modern' repertoire, the well-managed development of dancers within the Company, an extraordinary willingness to share and collaborate with other companies, and a friendly 'openness' which resonates well with ROH audiences and, significantly, with those watching live relays. He often uses the words 'astonishing' when describing RB dancers, choreographers, designers or composers. But his own achievements merit that epithet just as much. The RB and we are very fortunate that he is at the helm.

  5. Berenice responded on 9 June 2018 at 5:05pm Reply

    Yes, warm congratulations to all. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the work of these exceptional artists. May we see more of Simon Keenlyside at ROH? Such a compelling performer.

  6. Lesley Glover responded on 9 June 2018 at 9:48pm Reply

    Many congratulations to all recipients, in particular to Kevin O'Hare and Gary Avis. Very well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication to ballet.

  7. Margo Harker responded on 11 June 2018 at 8:49am Reply

    Terrific news. Congratulations to all recipients...always thrilling when artistes from all genre's of the Arts have been recognised.

  8. Tom responded on 11 June 2018 at 11:04pm Reply

    I am especially happy for Simon Keenlyside. One of the world's finest baritones and a singer with an irresistible stage presence. Such a well-deserved recognition.
    Is it "Sir Simon Keenlyside" now?

  9. Anonymous responded on 16 June 2018 at 12:17am Reply

    Huge congratulations to Kevin O’hare in his role as director of the Royal Ballet. Working selflessly to promote the company, rather than his own agenda, which has been recognised with this well/deserved CBE!

  10. Anonomous responded on 16 June 2018 at 12:26am Reply

    Huge congratulations to Kevin O’hare for selflessly leading his team in the last few years, without his own agenda. Some recipients of the Queens Honours are more concerned with promoting their own agenda and popularity but Kevin leads his team in a selfless way, making his CBE well-deserved!

  11. Chris responded on 16 June 2018 at 12:29am Reply

    Huge congratulations to Kevin O’hare for selflessly leading his team in the last few years, without his own agenda. Some recipients of the Queens Honours are more concerned with promoting their own agenda and popularity but Kevin leads his team in a selfless way, making his CBE well-deserved!

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