18 June 2015 at 9.58am | Comment on this article
We are well into the Summer Season, with Guillaume Tell sets being tried out on stage and the artists rehearsing with Antonio Pappano. It is a long time since we’ve heard this work at Covent Garden and it sounds really exciting.
We’ve been delighted by the reception that The Royal Ballet have received on their tour of the USA so far, from critics and ballet-lovers alike and the support extended by American Friends of Covent Garden. You can see a summary of press articles and comments from social media here. The Company is now in Chicago on the second leg of the visit, and will visit New York later in the month.
Those of you who like to book stalls circle standing places will have noticed that these are not available for Orphée et Eurydice. This is due to an unusual configuration of the auditorium for this production, which includes standing places being added to the orchestra pit. Regulations governing numbers in the main auditorium mean that we have had to remove stalls circle standing places to balance numbers. The places in the pit are quite different from our usual standing places: there is nothing to lean against, and the closeness to the stage means that the experience will be more like that in the arena at the BBC Proms. These places will be available to ROH Students when booking opens next month.
Another more general change across the Season is an alteration to the number of day tickets we make available for main-stage productions. We rarely find that these sell out to the morning queue and wish to ensure that our tickets have the best possible chance of being used by customers. By reducing the number of day tickets from the current 67 to 44 we are optimistic that we can balance the opportunity for people to book on the day with our responsibility to have as close to a full house as possible.
On stage at the moment, Don Giovanni continues to seduce us all in Kasper Holten’s handsome production. If you have friends who have yet to experience an opera, you may wish to alert them to the free, outdoor BP Big Screens we are relaying Don Giovanni to on 3 July 2015. We are hoping for the same sort of lovely soft summer evening that we had for our very successful screening of La bohème.
Last but certainly not least, Ambrogio Maestri is repeating his signature role of Falstaff in Robert Carsen’s very funny production set in 1950s Britain. If you missed this gem the first time around don’t let it get away in the revival – it’s tremendous fun.
Falstaff runs 6–18 July 2015. Tickets are still available.
Orphée et Eurydice runs 14 September–3 October 2015. Tickets are on sale to Friends of Covent Garden and go on general sale on 14 July 2015.