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11-07-01, 10:02 AM (GMT)
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"Length of the ROH season"
   I've posted a link elsewhere to an interview with Colin Southgate, the Chairman of the ROH, that ran in the FT. It's full of ripe quotes - barbs at Vivien Duffield, regrets for the notorious singlets and trainers remark, and a confident assertion that the ROH has put elitism behind it. Lots of discussion fodder there. But a further quote that caught my eye was this one:

"I started realising how much money was needed to run a full 47-week programme. The 25m ($36m) I asked the Arts Council for is still less than half what the other big European houses get. We ended up with 20m. This is when the programme was dropped to 40 weeks . I wasn't prepared to run anything at a deficit.
Somehow we have got to form a partnership with the Arts Council or government to get back to 47 or 48 weeks of performances. That has to be a partnership between the private giver and the government, but it cannot be one-sided".

This is slightly puzzling because on the evidence of the ROH's programme for next year, both the Royal Opera (with Macbeth) and the Royal Ballet (with Don Q, Onegin, Cross Cultures) are performing there right through July. So has Southgate reached his target early, and filled the gap? If so, why has he spoken in these terms to the FT? My guess is that the ROH will be handed over to the Hochhausers, or other promoters, in August and September for several years to come.

The full interview is on http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3MWYZMOOC&live=true&tagid=YYY9BSINKTM&useoverridetemplate=IXLZHNNP94C

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11-07-01, 02:59 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Length of the ROH season"
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   There is an interesting piece by Norman Lebrecht in today's (Wednesday 11th) Telegraph which is about Colin Southgate's claim to have solved Covent Gardens problems, it suggests he got rid of both Vivienne Duffield and Michael Kiaser!

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12-07-01, 09:40 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Length of the ROH season"
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   My renewal from the Friends of Covent Garden arrived this morning, with a covering letter from Colin Southgate which includes the following:

"We have one major hurdle to cross. In 1998 we agreed to approximately 200 performances per Season in the auditorium - because we do not have the money for more.

My mission is to ensure that in the very near future we get to over 300 performances each Season to really do justice to the stage we have set."

So Friends are invited to make an additional donation which will go directly to increasing the number of performances. So if "in the very near future" means next season, it can only be if he collects enough money by then!

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