17 July 2016 at 12.29pm | 1 Comment
With The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet Companies having headed off on their summer break, there are only a handful of performances left of the 2015/16 Season.
Before the theatre closes for its annual summer refresh, we welcome Pet Shop Boys for a unique four date residency to celebrate the release of their new album and the Bolshoi Ballet. The Moscow-based company are always popular with London audiences and we look forward to welcoming them to Covent Garden for their performances of five productions over the course of two weeks.
Reflecting on the past 10 months, I hope you have enjoyed the variety offered by our two resident Companies.
My own personal highlights from The Royal Opera's Season included John Eliot Gardiner's collaboration with the Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Hofesh Shechter Company in Orphée et Eurydice, a stunning new production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci under the baton of Antonio Pappano and the final performance of Werther, which saw Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigolo bow out on a high before the tenor returns next Season in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
During The Royal Ballet's Season, I particularly enjoyed the debuts in Romeo and Juliet and the Company's Christopher Wheeldon Mixed Programme. It was also - as ever - a delight to see the reaction from younger audience members to The Nutcracker.
I'm sure that each of our supporters will have their own favourite moments from the 2015/16 Season. Do share them via the comments section below.
We now look forward to the coming Season, with booking for Autumn 2016 now open. Friends booking for Winter opens in September 2016 - do check specific booking dates for the various membership levels before then.
Until September, and on behalf of the Royal Opera House a huge thank you to all of you.