October 13, 1986 |
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 |
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.
March 9, 2004 |
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.
March 12, 1999 |
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.
February 13, 2009 |
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.
January 25, 2002 |
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.