The Royal Opera House in the Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury Reader)

The Royal Opera House in the Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury Reader)

Frances Donaldson


The Royal Opera condominium, Covent backyard is domestic of 2 of the main well-known opera and ballet businesses on this planet. during this reliable background, Frances Donaldson discusses Covent Garden's many mythical achievements - Der Rosenkavalier with Lotte Lehmann, the extraordinary partnership of Fonteyn and Nureyev, the hot Otello with Domingo. She follows the perspective of the English to opera and their Opera apartment, and the campaign for opera to be sung in English. She seems to be on the inner politics and on the usually charismatic personalities who've labored on the Opera residence: Thomas Beecham, George Solti, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton. Underlying the tale, regardless of the numerous winning seasons, are the ubiquitous difficulties of economic help and uncertainty of the future.

The historical past is beautifully well-documented from the Royal Opera condo data. reviews from reporters of the time—whose severe studies occasionally resulted in singers of foreign acclaim refusing to come back to Covent Garden—lend spice to this superb research of administrative and inventive administration on the backyard.

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