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Update for Friends of Covent Garden: October 2016

Looking ahead to a few of this month's highlights including The Nose and a new ballet by Wayne McGregor, Multiverse

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

18 October 2016 at 5.53pm | 1 Comment

My team and I love listening to the tannoy in our office. At the moment we are greatly entertained by Barrie Kosky's up-and-coming production of The Nose with its brilliantly explosive score and larger-than-life characters that I am sure many of you will enjoy. We also hear how enjoyable the rehearsal process is when we meet the artists in the lift, or bump into a dancing nose in full costume in the staff café!

In addition to Shostakovich’s surrealist satire, we are also rehearsing Les Contes d'Hoffmann, directed by the late John Schlesinger, in one of our opera studios. With Vittorio Grigòlo and Leonardo Capalbo sharing the title role, alongside Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina, we can't wait to share this revival of our 1980 production.

While the Ballet Company is performing every other night in La Fille mal gardée, which continues to bring pastoral sunshine to audiences as the weather swiftly becomes more and more autumnal, during the day the Company is rehearsing Wayne McGregor's new mixed programme, which features his brand new ballet Multiverse, with music by Steve Reich. We are very much looking forward to this as we celebrate McGregor's tenth anniversary year with The Royal Ballet. Ahead of opening night on 10 November, McGregor will discuss his work in a live-streamed Insights on the evening of 20 October, which you can watch live and on demand.

Earlier this month, we celebrated World Ballet Day with an incredible 20-hour broadcast on our Facebook page (you can watch our four-hour section again on our YouTube channel). As part of the day-long celebration, we invited audiences to watch rehearsals for our revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s haunting ballet Anastasia. Natalia Osipova, who is dancing the title role, allowed us a window into the rehearsal process which, I am sure you will agree, offers an exciting glimpse of what is to come when we open on 26 October.

With all this activity, Christmas might seem a long time away, but rehearsals are already underway for our performances over the festive period. I would like to remind you that in addition to the Nutcracker, over the holidays you can also take the younger family members to our off-the-wall collaboration with hip hop dance company, Zoo Nation: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Roundhouse, with characters taken from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The latest magazine for Spring 2017 is on its way to you and I would like to remind you that the ballet casting is included with this e-news.  If you missed it, it will also be attached to the Friends' page on our website.

I would also like to thank everyone who got in touch regarding booking dates for our Young and Senior members.  The date is the same is for standard Friends, I apologise for this omission. As always we would welcome comments from you, so do please write to us at or to me personally:

By Susan Fisher (Head of Membership)

18 October 2016 at 5.53pm

This article has been categorised Uncategorised and tagged friends, Friends of Covent Garden, membership

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  1. Michael Possener responded on 22 October 2016 at 6:50pm Reply

    It would be interesting to know if there are any dates which we can put in our diaries for TV broadcasts from the Royal Opera House over the Christmas period (or in fact any other time of the year). There is usually something shown during December.

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