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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: February 2016

Behind the scenes, the Royal Opera House is a hive of activity as we look forward to our summer season and host a number of high-profile events.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

15 February 2016 at 10.10am | 1 Comment

On Sunday (14 February) we hosted the BAFTA awards which were as glamorous as always. Despite the wintery chill in the air, the film industry's A-listers lined up on Bow Street to be photographed on the red carpet and it was wonderful to see the Royal Opera House auditorium looking so wonderful on television.

While we were preparing for the event during the last week, there were some very special events taking place elsewhere in the theatre. Last Monday, Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano conducted an all-Russian programme of music with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. If you missed this Season's concert, please look out for it next year.

On Tuesday, the Paul Hamlyn Hall was transformed for Decanter Magazine's Wine Gala and I would like to extend our thanks to all those who attended and supported us.

On Wednesday it was the turn of Wagner, when we hosted an evening for our Wagner Syndicate. The event was presented by Peter Manning, the co-Concert Master of the Orchestra and saw the ROH's musicians demonstrate the influence of Beethoven on the music of Tannhäuser. I had never thought that the music of Tannhäuser could be presented so effectively as a chamber concert and it was a real treat for all involved.

And finally on Thursday, we were very pleased to welcome the Patrons of Covent Garden to a wonderful reception in the Paul Hamlyn Hall in which the Jette Parker Young Artists and members of The Royal Ballet mixed with our guests.

As we turn our attention back towards the stage and the remainder of our 2015/16 Season, The Royal Opera are preparing for Richard Jones' new production of Boris Godunov. A new Richard Jones production is always a major operatic event, and I'm also looking forward to Bryn Terfel's return to Covent Garden in the title role. Meanwhile, in the Royal Ballet rehearsal studios, the Company are preparing for the return of Christopher Wheeldon's Winter's Tale and Peter Wright's definitive production of Giselle.

As ever, if you would like more information about any of the events above or enquire how to join the Patrons or any production syndicates, please contact don't hesitate to contact me via email.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

15 February 2016 at 10.10am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged events, Friends of Covent Garden, patrons, production syndicates, supporting

This article has 1 comment

  1. Grainne Gilmore responded on 19 February 2016 at 1:16pm Reply

    Attended ROH for Christopher Wheeldons first nights and premiere of Strapless. Wonderful evening. Loved all three ballets -.choreography stunning especially the pas de trois in Strapless. Sadly I found the music in Strapless detracted at times from the exquisitely beautiful dancing. I longed for all the dancers to to something together in After the Rain then magically it happened in Within the Golden Hour. Fabulous.

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