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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: May 2015

Farewell to a classic production and rave reviews for a new masterpiece.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

10 May 2015 at 10.42am | 4 Comments

This month we are extremely lucky in having two classics on the main stage at the same time as a brand new ballet. La traviata opens on Monday 18 May with two artists who have not as yet received their fair amount of applause sharing the role of Violetta: Marina Rebeka and Sonya Yoncheva. I was lucky enough to see Marina Rebeka on stage a couple of years ago and I’ve profiled her here.

The final revival of John Copley's classic production of La bohème does not need any introduction. This iconic staging has been entertaining us for over forty years and it is time to say goodbye. It will be very emotional for many of us and there will be lots of opportunities for you to share your memories of seeing it over the years on our website and social networks. Watch out for galleries of previous performances featuring the greats of opera from the past 41 years, and material from a very special In Conversation event with director John Copley, which we are working on at the moment.

Woolf Works has just opened to amazing reviews from audiences and critics alike, including fulsome praise for Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri, so please don’t miss this opportunity to see a remarkable new work for the 21st century. You can watch Alessandra Ferri, Federico Bonelli and Edward Watson in rehearsal for the piece on our YouTube channel.

In the meantime, we still have the revival of Don Giovanni coming up next month. I’m particularly excited to hear Alain Altinoglu make his Royal Opera House debut as conductor. Further into the future we will hear Antonio Pappano give his acclaimed interpretation of Guillaume Tell during a new production from rising star Damiano Michieletto. We have just created a new trailer to give a flavor of the production and you can see a preview of it here:

I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the Open Up section on our website. This will be the hub for all information about the project, and will provide regular updates on any disruption due to building works – do bookmark it and check before your visits during the 2015/16 Season.

As ever, we very much welcome any feedback, so do leave comments below, or get in touch with the Friends office.

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

10 May 2015 at 10.42am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged development, Friends of Covent Garden, Support

This article has 4 comments

  1. stephen borton responded on 14 May 2015 at 7:09pm Reply

    Thanks for the update. You don't say what date the online booking opens?
    Also, I have not received my magazine.

    • Susan Fisher (Head of Membership) responded on 15 May 2015 at 11:09am

      Dear Stephen, the list of booking dates are on page 48 of the magazine, and I have posted to you today a replacement. You can also access the magazine and the booking dates by signing in with your email and password and then clicking on your name on top of the page.

  2. Pam responded on 18 May 2015 at 10:24am Reply

    I'm afraid I'm always a bit disappointed with the Royal Opera house trailers, however artistically beautiful. I wish you could produce trailers with real clips from the production, like the Bayerische Staatsoper, though I don't know how they do it. I think it's important to have an up-to-date cast even in an old production.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 18 May 2015 at 11:02am

      Hi Pam,

      Thanks for your comments. What kind of trailer we produce (either with footage or a 'concept' trailer) depends on what filmed material we have of a production. For established productions such as La traviata ( we're able to produce a trailer featuring clips, but for new productions such as Woolf Works, as I'm sure you'll appreciate, we won't have any filmed footage of the production prior to it opening.

      For revivals, we often produce new, secondary trailers - Don Giovanni for example had a 'concept' trailer produced for its premiere run, but we've since created a clip-based trailer too for its forthcoming return this Season.

      I'd recommend subscribing to our YouTube channel at As well as trailers, we often post mini documentary films or rehearsal clips to give a greater sense of new productions before they get to the stage.


      ROH Content Producer

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