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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: May 2016

Although the close of the 2015/16 Season is on the horizon, some must-see operas and ballets remain, including Verdi's Il trovatore.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Friends and Patrons)

19 May 2016 at 9.10am | 1 Comment

I hope that you have now identified the performances and productions that you wish to book for as part of the Autumn 2016/17 Season.

Before you do that, please don’t forget that there are still five productions to come until the end of the current Season with some very exciting productions ahead before the summer break. The Royal Opera's first staging of George Enescu's Oedipe promises to be a treat for lovers of 20th century opera with its starry cast including Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan; while The Royal Ballet present a triple bill featuring a world premiere from Wayne McGregor — always a major event for ballet fans.

Perhaps the piece I am most excited about over coming months is The Royal Opera's new staging of Verdi's Il trovatore. As well as wonderful music and a thrilling story, the cast is sure not to disappoint with tenor Gregory Kunde (sharing the role of Manrico) and conductor Gianandrea Noseda recently winning major prizes at the Opera Awards 2016 in the Best Male Singer and Best Conductor categories respectively. It is an operatic masterpiece I would fully recommend experiencing.

Also recommended is The Royal Opera's return to the BBC Proms with Boris Godunov starring Bryn Terfel and conducted by Antonio Pappano. Tickets are now on sale from the Royal Albert Hall website.

As we look towards the finale of the current Season, I also would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Friends for their support. I know that many of you have supported us since the foundation of the Friends, and we are truly grateful to all who support the work of the Royal Opera House.

With so many wonderful productions on offer in the upcoming Season from September, you may wish to consider upgrading your level of support. Information about the benefits of upgrading your membership can be found on our Supporter pages. At the present time we are unfortunately unable to offer upgrades to membership online, so please do telephone us on +44 (0) 20 7212 9268. If you choose to upgrade, you will be credited with the unexpired portion of your current membership.
As always, many thanks, and do get in touch if you would like any additional information.

As ever, the Friends team are always keen to hear your feedback so please email us membership@roh.org.uk or call us on +44 (0) 20 7212 9268.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Friends and Patrons)

19 May 2016 at 9.10am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged friends, Friends of Covent Garden, membership, Support, Upgrade

This article has 1 comment

  1. Gwyneth Macaulay responded on 20 May 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

    Thank you Susan for all your enthusiasm, imagination and dedication.

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