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Brendan McCarthymoderator

08-06-02, 02:11 PM (GMT)
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"A night at the Opera"
 
   We went to La Boheme during the week (a good night - do go) and talked, while we were buying a programme, to some of the House staff. We discovered the following:

  • That opera audiences drink more champagne

  • That ballet audiences bought far more ice-cream

  • That opera-goers were likely to come from much further afield. Many more European followers of the opera than of the ballet

  • That the price of ballet programmes was going up to 5 in the autumn
  • This morning's FT carries an 'exclusive offer', an ROH advertisement offering priority booking to FT readers for Period 1 (there's a booking form). I hadn't realised that Nutcracker was in Period 1 booking, whereas Swan Lake was not. Presumably the ROH is fearful of the ENB's Hampson/Scarfe Nutcracker.


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      RE: A night at the Opera Tomoko.A 09-06-02 1
         RE: A night at the Opera Robert 10-06-02 2
             RE: A night at the Opera Paul A 11-06-02 3
      RE: A night at the Opera alison 11-06-02 4

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    Tomoko.A

    09-06-02, 01:38 AM (GMT)
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    1. "RE: A night at the Opera"
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       I go to both opera and ballet. ( Like Brendan I enjoyed La Boheme very much. And La Rondine was wonderful, but I shouldn't talk about operas here ! ) At the ROH I notice that opera-goers have more meals at the restaurants in intervals.
    BTW, the FT's offer really annoys me as I haven't received my tickets for Period 1 through the Friends priority booking yet.


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    Robert

    10-06-02, 08:10 PM (GMT)
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       I go to opera and ballet, I have not noticed anyone using drugs in the amphi toilets yet(Isobel's allegation) Is it more prevalant in opera or ballet? I stood next to Clement Crisp once he did not seem to be high but you never can tell!


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    Paul A

    11-06-02, 12:34 PM (GMT)
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       It's amazing anybody can find the amphi toilets (I mean the ones on the Floral St side) - that side of the building feels very abandoned these days.

    But I don't think it's a unique ROH problem - the Barbican, RFH and Barbican have all had their facilities abused, though they are are in public areas.


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    alison

    11-06-02, 01:27 PM (GMT)
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       LAST EDITED ON 11-06-02 AT 01:27 PM (GMT)

    I hope the FT's doing something useful like sponsoring something, in order to get priority booking. And correct me if I'm wrong, someone, but weren't programmes 3 until the House reopened? In that case, that's a pretty major hike in 3 years - come to think of it, almost as bad as some of the seat price rises.


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