Covent Garden plans live concerts, with musicians as audience

Covent Garden plans live concerts, with musicians as audience


norman lebrecht

June 03, 2020

From a semi-coherent press release, just in:

The first concert, on 13 June at 7.30pm, will be hosted by the BBC’s Anita Rani and the Royal Opera House’s very own Director of Music, Antonio Pappano, and will see the ROH go behind the scenes as we open our theatre to a select group of musicians, artists and performers in the first live concerts since closing its doors to the public on 17 March….

The first concert will be free and will include work from Benjamin Britten and George Frideric Handel, both of whom have a long history with the ROH, as well as accompanying work from George Butterworth and Turnage, performed by stars including Louise Alder, Toby Spence and Gerald Finley. We also look forward to an intimate world premiere by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Further details of this exciting new work will be announced in due course.



  • Wurtfangler says:

    And Anita Rani’s qualifications for hosting this? Looking at her work to date I cannot see any relevant interest or knowledge. Yet more box-ticking . . .

    • Ron Swanson says:

      Err Antia Rani is a professional presenter and this is a lived streamed concert. Guess why they have hired a presenter.

      • Wurtfangler says:

        There was time when ‘presenters’ were expected to know something about the subject, not just ‘look good’ for the camera. Would you enjoy this if it were presented by Perd Hapley?

      • Will says:

        Shockingly they may also be aiming for an audience wider than the readership of Slipped Disc as well.

  • Ned Keane says:

    Saying “work from” sounds very odd. Not really human-speak at all. The Handel and Britten reference is just plain weird.
    You’re right, Norman: semi-coherent.