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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: July 2016

The summer brings Pet Shop Boys and the Bolshoi Ballet while our resident Companies prepare for a new Season in September.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

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.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

17 July 2016 at 12.29pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged Blog, Friends of Covent Garden, supporting

This article has 1 comment

  1. Michael responded on 23 July 2016 at 2:59pm Reply

    I am delighted with the casting (mostly) for The Sleeping Beauty. So exciting to see so many debuts, especially Takada (who was injured and missed her scheduled debut), Naghdi, Hayward, Hay, Ball, Clarke. But not happy that Bonelli has been paired with Kobayashi. Sorry, not a fan! I will therefore have to miss Bonelli's performance as a result. However, I will try to attend performances of all the above mentioned.

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