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Opera and ballet talent recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Recipients include composer George Benjamin, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and former ballerina Beryl Grey.

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

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.

Bass-baritone Gerald Finley receives a CBE, while ballet mistress Romayne Grigorova receives an MBE and baritone Roderick Williams receive an OBE.

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.

View the full list of Queen's Birthday Honours 2017 recipients

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

17 June 2017 at 10.56am

This article has been categorised Awards and tagged CBE, Dame, knight, OBE, Queen's Birthday Honours, sir

This article has 5 comments

  1. Sebastian Petit responded on 17 June 2017 at 11:31am Reply

    DON'T FORGET JUNE WHITFIELD!!

  2. Hiroko Imada responded on 17 June 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

    Please also mention that Romayne Grigorova , the former member of the Royal Ballet receives MBE for her service to Dance. She is the person who appeared on stage at the Opera House most in the history so far.

  3. Edward Arckless responded on 18 June 2017 at 3:53pm Reply

    Yes that is true and Romayne was and still is just wonderfull . and her ballet classe (.well to day so easy ). in my day at the Royal Opera House If you got out still on two legs you went to negs head to have a drink. if not you went home to have a good cry .I do not think that we have some one like Romayne Grigoriva at the Royal Opera to day. Edward Arckless and Beryl Grey so so late in her life
    Miss Grey did a lot to help English dancers what is not true to day E.A.

  4. Edward Arckless responded on 18 June 2017 at 7:14pm Reply

    A lot of dancers find jobs in Germany ) Beryl Grey give work to us all if we had it . jus like Romayne Grigoriva I am happy to say that I am happy to know them love to you Beryl and Romayne Edward. A.

  5. Neil Boyle responded on 28 June 2017 at 8:08pm Reply

    Congratulations Romayne. So often in my thoughts. Love to you. Neil.

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