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Eugene Merrett

23-01-00, 04:46 PM (GMT)
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"Opera House Closing Down"
   The article in the S Times say that the opera house might shut down is perhaps unduly alarmist. After all this is an article by a journalist and lets face it - a story raising the spectre of closure raises more eyebrows then a story about the possibility of more cancellations. It would a financial disaster to close down and the ROH will do anything to avoid it. The worse case scenario is in my view are perfromances with limited sets esp opera.

I anticipate more cancellations and I do not hold out much hope for La Boheme, Miestersingers and Manon in particularly. They have lavish sets and are therefore most likely to give the machinery some difficulty.

To be honest I would be perfectly happy to see some sort of performance with limited sets then no performance at all - particularly if insufficient notice can be given to the customers. And in the case of opera they should give concert performances and a partial refund if necessary.

My biggest worry is the Kirov and their very ambitious program. I would die if they had to cancel Sleeping Beauty.

There is no point in blaming anyone for this farce. It will not resolve the problems confronting the ROH. They have to make the most of what they have got. I doubt that there will any new large theatres that will built in London after this shambles. Especially as the government are going to be sorely tempted to use the lottery money to fund the NHS.

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  RE: Opera House Closing Down Jeannie 24-01-00 1
  RE: Opera House Closing Down Bruce Madmin 24-01-00 2

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24-01-00, 04:16 PM (GMT)
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   Eugene, you have a point regarding Kirov's "Beauty" with its intricate stage settings--and I'm not even thinking about the Panorama, which doesn't tour. I'm thinking about the Apotheosis...backdrop not rising...garlands flopping from the ceiling to the stage. The possibilities are scary!

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Bruce Madmin

24-01-00, 05:37 PM (GMT)
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   The robust word from the House is that they are not planning to close...

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