4 September 2010 at 1.02pm | Comment on this article
Well, so begins the 2010-2011 Season at the Royal Opera House – hello from Japan. The long-awaited summer break is over, and the forty-eight full time choristers return to 'the office' for another year's work. I often marvel at our close knit group of individuals dispersing on holiday to the far flung corners of the globe and then reconvening to our routine as though no time has passed! The coming season promises to be extremely busy. However, there is much excitement over our tour to Japan, the first time the opera company has ventured abroad since the 1997 - 1999 closure and refurbishment of the Royal Opera House. We are taking La traviata and the new Manon production, four performances of each and a single concert of Handel's Messiah (in the Mozart arrangement!). This is all in the company of our esteemed orchestra, wardrobe and wigs department, crew and a lovely group of exra-choristers, dancers and actors.
We flew out on the 4th and fly back on 23rd September. Some of our number are unable to travel for personal reasons and will keep the home fires burning at the Royal Opera House along with another group of extra-choristers in a busy schedule of Cosi fan tutte and Don Pasquale. This blog will follow our travels and experiences on tour, so the folks at home can keep up to date with our progress.