15 February 2016 at 10.10am | 1 Comment
On Sunday (14 February) we hosted the BAFTA awards which were as glamorous as always. Despite the wintery chill in the air, the film industry's A-listers lined up on Bow Street to be photographed on the red carpet and it was wonderful to see the Royal Opera House auditorium looking so wonderful on television.
While we were preparing for the event during the last week, there were some very special events taking place elsewhere in the theatre. Last Monday, Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano conducted an all-Russian programme of music with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. If you missed this Season's concert, please look out for it next year.
On Tuesday, the Paul Hamlyn Hall was transformed for Decanter Magazine's Wine Gala and I would like to extend our thanks to all those who attended and supported us.
On Wednesday it was the turn of Wagner, when we hosted an evening for our Wagner Syndicate. The event was presented by Peter Manning, the co-Concert Master of the Orchestra and saw the ROH's musicians demonstrate the influence of Beethoven on the music of Tannhäuser. I had never thought that the music of Tannhäuser could be presented so effectively as a chamber concert and it was a real treat for all involved.
And finally on Thursday, we were very pleased to welcome the Patrons of Covent Garden to a wonderful reception in the Paul Hamlyn Hall in which the Jette Parker Young Artists and members of The Royal Ballet mixed with our guests.
As we turn our attention back towards the stage and the remainder of our 2015/16 Season, The Royal Opera are preparing for Richard Jones' new production of Boris Godunov. A new Richard Jones production is always a major operatic event, and I'm also looking forward to Bryn Terfel's return to Covent Garden in the title role. Meanwhile, in the Royal Ballet rehearsal studios, the Company are preparing for the return of Christopher Wheeldon's Winter's Tale and Peter Wright's definitive production of Giselle.