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Eugene Merrett

26-01-00, 06:10 PM (GMT)
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""disaster" at the ROH"
 
   The article by Norman Lebrecht in todays D. Telegraph (see latest review links) is the most disturbing I have read. It would seem that Kaiser has not ruled out closure! I hope that they avoid closure and if absolutely neccesarry have concert performances of opera and ballet with limited sets. Another possibitliy if feasable is move some ballets and opera to Sadler where I gather there is plenty of spare dates.

It would be very difficult financially to close at short notice as they would have to honour most contracts for singers etc. And it would be a very sad if the regular employees (dancers, musicians, stage hands) were on un-paid leave whilst the ROH sorts itself out! This might be a necessary step to avoid bankrupcy.

I would take issue with the suggestion that staff courtesy has declined. Notwithstanding Stephanie's delightful presence I have found all the staff to be very friendly. Does anyone else feel that the staff courtesy is declined? No one has said so on these ballet site.

I do miss seeing some regular faces from the old opera house and this might be disturbing to some the older patrons. But that is unavoidable. The new staff are, in my view, noticeably younger but just as helpful.

The practice of selling tickets with restricted view at full price is scandalous and cannot be excuse by mere "teething problems". Not only should the ROH reduce these prices forthwith but they should give refunds to past ticket holders.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: "disaster" at the ROH Bruce Madmin 27-01-00 1
     RE: "disaster" at the ROH Eugene Merrett 27-01-00 2
         RE: "disaster" at the ROH gerald dowler 28-01-00 3
             RE: "disaster" at the ROH alison 28-01-00 4
                 RE: "disaster" at the ROH Eugene Merrett 29-01-00 5

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Bruce Madmin

27-01-00, 10:00 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: "disaster" at the ROH"
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   I find it very, very, hard to believe that ROH will be closed. Surely MK was just being 'professionally guarded' in not totally ruling it out.


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Eugene Merrett

27-01-00, 10:41 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: "disaster" at the ROH"
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   I am inclined to agree as there are plenty of fall back positions.

But I am concerned - it could put the Kirov season if jeapardy.


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gerald dowler

28-01-00, 08:18 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: "disaster" at the ROH"
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   As far as I understand it, the kirov season is already under threat, because of technical difficulties.
Highly unlikely that the ROH will close - Kaiser, as a good manager, will not rule anything out.
The seating prices ARE under review, as I understand it.
And Norman Lebrecht is SO negative about everything - the prophet of doom and gloom for the Arts. Pinch of salt time, I feel !


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alison

28-01-00, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: "disaster" at the ROH"
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   I normally have a lot of respect for Lebrecht, but I do think that the whole tone of that article is rather exaggerated. After all, it implies that there's been a disastrous problem with staging or something for virtually all performances, which is scarcely the case. And I've had absolutely no problems with front of house staff - they've all been very pleasant.


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Eugene Merrett

29-01-00, 11:10 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: "disaster" at the ROH"
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   Norman Lebrect has written two grossly exaggerated books on the state of classical music which in my views undermines his creditability as an objective observer of the musical scene. So and would agree that anything he said should be view with considerable caution.

However given the bad press the ROH is getting (just look at the article about the Albanian problems - more about ROH then Albania) they better act quickly to stem it.

Instead of concrete proposal to reduce ticket prices and compensate prior ticket holders for restricted view tickets they have done nothing but issue press statement denying that anything is wrong. I focus on this because this the obvious place for quick remedial action that also serves as good PR.

The press are on to the ROH and they will not let go so easily ! It is payback time for all the goodwill the press gave to ROH in the weeks prior to the opening! Poor old Kaiser. How the mighty have fallen!


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