L’Elisir D’Amour, Royal Opera House, London

Well, originally Rolando Villazon was meant to be part of the cast – and I thought let’s give him a chance… however, a week after I booked I received a notification that he withdrew. I briefly thought about returning the ticket but oh well – never seen the opera so why not give it a go… and the evening did have a few suprises in store! Read more

The Royal Ballet – General Rehearsal

Having just joined the Friends Circle of the Royal Opera House I finally have the chance to attend general rehearsals. So when I had a night off without any plans I decided to take advantage of it and see what the latest programme of the Royal Ballet had to offer – The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Tarantella; Strapless; Symphonic Dances. Read more

Der Rosenkavalier – Royal Opera House, London

Normally I would run a mile on reading the composer name Strauss on any programme – of course Richard Strauss is no Johann Strauss but for some reason I have negative associations with this name. On this occassion, however, another name caught my attention – Renee Fleming! I am so in awe of this woman – she is just brilliant. Sadly though I wasn’t able to get a ticket for one of her performances – nevertheless… Read more