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May 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
London's Royal Opera House bought its own DVD recording and distribution company, purchasing Opus Arte for $11.3 million. "This gives us a substantial entry into the global DVD and digital marketplace," Royal Opera Chief Executive Tony Hall said. "As a significant part of our digital strategy it also hugely increases what we have to offer our audiences both in and beyond the opera house, with new material for our website, and for education purposes."
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December 16, 2013 | By David Ng
For opera fans in Southern California, Christoph Waltz has become a semi-regular presence in the audience of Los Angeles Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. On Sunday, the two-time Academy Award winning actor officially made his debut as an opera director with a new production of "Der Rosenkavalier" in Belgium. Waltz's production premiered at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with plans to travel to the Royal Opera in London in 2016. (The London cast is expected to include Renee Fleming.)
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November 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
White opera singers will no longer wear black face paint when playing black characters at the British Royal Opera House. The practice of putting black makeup on white performers was used in dress rehearsals for Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" (A Masked Ball), but the singer portraying the sorceress Ulrica did not use the makeup in Thursday's opening-night performance, Royal Opera House spokesman Christopher Millard said.
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March 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
LONDON - The editor of Opera is worried. The March editorial of Britain's leading opera monthly describes this city's opera scene as being in crisis. The city's major companies - Royal Opera and English National Opera - are in a state of flux, administratively, artistically, musically and, in the case of ENO, financially. Opera everywhere should suffer such crises. On a recent Saturday in the British capital, I couldn't imagine a better place for opera, crises or no crises.
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October 13, 1986 | From United Press International
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden announced it will apply next week for permission to begin a $79.7-million building program to modernize its famous building while retaining its 19th-Century charm. The plan involves linking all levels of the structure for the first time, building another entrance, an underground garage and and three-tier shopping halls with arcades that will link it architecturally with the colorful Covent Garden district over which it presides.
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February 16, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sixten Ehrling, who conducted at the Royal Opera in Stockholm during its golden age in the 1950s and then left for the United States, where he led the Detroit Symphony for a decade, has died. He was 86. The Royal Opera said Tuesday that Ehrling, who was known for his vast knowledge of music and for his sharp temperament, died Sunday in New York City, where he had lived since the early 1970s.
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March 9, 2004 | Chris Pasles
The weight issue that led to Bolshoi ballerina Anastasia Volochkova getting sacked last year because she was too heavy to lift has shifted to the opera world. The Royal Opera House in London has dropped soprano Deborah Voigt from the title role of Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" because of her weight, spokesman Christopher Millard said. He said that Voigt will be replaced in the summer production by the thinner Anne Schwanewilms.
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March 12, 1999 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The Royal Opera was once a great company and will undoubtedly become one again. But for the moment it is in a sorry state. Anyone who has spent time in its cramped but elegant opera house in London's fashionable Covent Garden will surely have valuable memories. One of mine is a performance of Strauss' "Elektra," about 25 years ago, that Carlos Kleiber conducted.
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February 13, 2009 | Associated Press
The fine line between opera and soap opera just got blurrier. Britain's august Royal Opera said Thursday it is planning a show based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, the model and stripper who married an octogenarian oil tycoon, starred in her own TV show and, in 2007, died of a drug overdose. The company says the show will have music by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. The libretto is by Richard Thomas, co-creator of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," an earlier merger of highbrow and lowbrow culture.
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January 25, 2002 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Luciano Pavarotti appeared in the Royal Opera's tattered 39-year-old production of "Tosca" Monday night, in what is expected to be the tenor's farewell appearance in opera here. The next night brought to Covent Garden a brilliant new production of "Don Giovanni," starring the increasingly popular Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, who just may become the next Pavarotti in his ability to win over mass audiences and connoisseurs.
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November 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Looking to put a child sex-abuse scandal behind it, the BBC has named a major figure from classical opera as its director general. Tony Hall has served as the chief executive of the Royal Opera House in London since 2001. His job at the BBC is expected to begin in March. Hall's appointment may seem a bit arbitrary at first glance - the equivalent of making the Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb the head of CNN. But the hire isn't as random as it appears. Before the Royal Opera House, Hall worked at the BBC for close to 30 years, heading the BBC News for part of that.
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May 9, 2012 | By David Ng
Composer Michael Nyman is using Facebook to lash out against Britain's Royal Opera House for apparently rejecting his overtures for a new piece. Nyman wrote on his Facebook page that the opera company is refusing to produce any of his future operatic works. The British composer wrote in a post earlier this month that he learned the Royal Opera "will never commission an opera" from him. "Maybe I should withdraw my tax from supporting such public institutions in 'my' country!"
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October 12, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Joan Sutherland, the Australian tailor's daughter acclaimed as "La Stupenda" during a nearly 40-year operatic career and rated by many critics as the most powerful and technically perfect diva of the 20th century, has died. She was 83. Sutherland died Sunday at her home near Geneva, Switzerland, after a long illness, her family announced. Sutherland achieved stardom in 1959 with a celebrated turn in the title role of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" at London's Royal Opera House.
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July 15, 2009 | Associated Press
British maestro Edward Downes, who conducted the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Opera but struggled in recent years as his hearing and sight failed, died Friday along with his wife at an assisted-suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85. Their children said Tuesday that the couple died "peacefully and under circumstances of their own choosing" at a Zurich clinic run by the group Dignitas.
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April 23, 2009 | Reuters
Britain's Royal Opera House has recruited tenor Placido Domingo to help ride out the recession next season with a historic double in which he sings tenor in Handel's "Tamerlano" and baritone in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra." The Spanish singer, who is general director of L.A. Opera, will notch his 26th role with the opera house when he appears in "Tamerlano" in March 2010, and in "Simon Boccanegra" three months later. With a reputation for expensive ticket prices and high production costs, the Royal Opera House is braced for a tough season in 2009 and 2010.
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May 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
London's Royal Opera House bought its own DVD recording and distribution company, purchasing Opus Arte for $11.3 million. "This gives us a substantial entry into the global DVD and digital marketplace," Royal Opera Chief Executive Tony Hall said. "As a significant part of our digital strategy it also hugely increases what we have to offer our audiences both in and beyond the opera house, with new material for our website, and for education purposes."
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May 8, 1997 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
It can't possibly surprise anyone that the Royal Opera House in London--where opera or ballet is staged most days of the year, where artists and administrators duke it out the way artists and administrators always do, where big stars parade their big egos the way they always do, where money is an ever-present worry--has its share of backstage dramas.
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July 10, 2006 | Beth Gardiner, Associated Press
An American soprano fired by the Royal Opera House because of her weight has been rehired after undergoing stomach surgery and losing 135 pounds, her spokeswoman and the prestigious theater said Sunday. Deborah Voigt, one of the world's top opera singers, lost her part in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 2004 because the Royal Opera House decided a slimmer singer would be better.
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July 10, 2006 | Beth Gardiner, Associated Press
An American soprano fired by the Royal Opera House because of her weight has been rehired after undergoing stomach surgery and losing 135 pounds, her spokeswoman and the prestigious theater said Sunday. Deborah Voigt, one of the world's top opera singers, lost her part in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 2004 because the Royal Opera House decided a slimmer singer would be better.
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