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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: December 2016

As we head into Christmas and New Year, don’t miss a first glimpse of Der Rosenkavalier, and another chance to see The Nutcracker.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

13 December 2016 at 1.03pm | 3 Comments

With just days to go until Christmas and New Year, here at Covent Garden, we’re very much looking forward to Robert Carsen’s new Royal Opera production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. As well as the gorgeous costumes waiting on rails backstage for opening night, the production features some stunning sets. Regular readers of our website’s News and Features section will have seen our film giving a first look at the staging. It promises to be one of the events of the Season, and if you haven’t yet booked, the production runs through the festive period into the new year.

Also running at the same time is The Royal Ballet’s classic Nutcracker which was relayed live to cinemas on 8 December to a fantastic response from audiences around the world. If you missed the relay, a number of cinemas are presenting Encore screenings.

The festive family fun continues at the Roundhouse where The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party runs from 30 December. The production had its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2014, and I can fully recommend this production based on the characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Looking forward a few months sees Christopher Wheeldon’s beautiful After The Rain return to the Royal Opera House following rave reviews last Season. Wheeldon fans also won’t want to miss the London premiere of his Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre.

And finally, while we may be in the depths of winter, the summer issue of the Royal Opera House Magazine is going to print next week and will be posted to you in the middle of January.

On behalf of all at the Royal Opera House I’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

13 December 2016 at 1.03pm

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  1. Robert Goldstein responded on 15 December 2016 at 5:01pm Reply

    Dear Susan,

    It is not often that I want to comment but we went to last night's dress rehearsal of Rosenkavalier. An intelligent production with some very good ideas (except for a totally stupid ending with the soldiers in the background as Sophie and Octavian embrace on the bed).

    I found the voices disappointing by CG standards and was upset about this. Also although the conductor had some very good aspects he made several mistakes (in my humble opinion) for example completely messing up the extraordinary switch from the waltz as Ochs is forced to leave the brothel to the drama of the Marschellin realising that for her its over.

    You may pass on these comments if you wish.

    Best wishes of the season
    Robert and Rosemary Goldstein

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 21 December 2016 at 10:43am

      Hi Robert,
      Thank you for your comments. You can see a round-up of public and press responses to the production here, which does include six four-star press reviews.

      All best wishes,

  2. Juliet Chaplin responded on 15 December 2016 at 5:02pm Reply

    I saw Nutcracker (which I like to see every year) on 1 Dec and then the cinema screening a week later. Wonderful! It is a terrific production, beautiful and very moving, and the dancing was phenomenal. I hope to see it many more times! Booked for Rosenkavalier so looking forward to that.

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