17 June 2017 at 10.56am | 5 Comments
A number of leading figures from the worlds of opera and ballet have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017.
Composer George Benjamin, who wrote the highly acclaimed opera Written on Skin and whose much-anticipated new piece Lessons in Love and Violence will have its UK premiere at Covent Garden next Season, has been awarded a knighthood.
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly becomes a Dame. Connolly made her Royal Opera debut in 2009 and has sung at Covent Garden many times since. She is particularly renowned for her performances of works by Wagner.
Conductor Mark Elder becomes a Companion of Honour as does former Royal Ballet dancer Beryl Grey (pictured above). Elder regularly conducts at Covent Garden as well as leading Manchester's Hallé Orchestra while Grey was one of the leading ballerinas of her generation.
Other high profile recipients this year include comedian Billy Connolly, who receives a knighthood; actress Julie Walters, who is made a Dame; and Paul McCartney, who becomes a Companion of Honour.