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Royal Opera, London
The Royal Opera
The Royal Opera
is a company based in central London, resident at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Along with the English National Opera, it is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden
Covent Garden
Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. It brought a long annual season and consistent management to a house that had previously hosted short seasons under a series of impresarios. Since its inception, it has shared the Royal Opera House with the dance company now known as The Royal Ballet. When the company was formed, its policy was to perform all works in English, but since the late 1950s most operas have been performed in their original language
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Royal Opera (other)
Royal Opera or Royal Opera House may refer to:Khedivial Opera House, Cairo, Egypt; burnt down in 1971 Royal Swedish Opera, opera house and opera company in Sweden L'Opéra of the Palace of Versailles or L'Opéra Royal de Versailles, France Opéra Royal de Wallonie, opera house in Liège, Belgium Royal Opera House (Mumbai), disused opera house in India Royal Opera House Muscat, opera house in Muscat, Oman Royal Opera House, Valletta, opera house in Malta Royal Opera House, opera house in Covent Garden, London, home ofThe Royal Opera, leading opera company in EnglandRoyal Wanganui Opera House, opera house in New ZealandFormerly "Royal" opera houses or companiesBerlin State Opera, Germany: "Royal Opera House", 1843–1918 Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest: "Hungarian Royal Opera House", 1884–1945? Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany: "New Royal Opera Theatre", 1895–1924 Palace Theatre, London, London: "Royal English Opera House", 1891–92 Teatro
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Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell
(/ˈpɜːrsəl/ or /pɜːrˈsɛl/;[1] c. 10 September 1659[Note 1] – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton
William Walton
and Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten
in the 20th century.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Works 5 Influence and reputation 6 In popular culture 7 Notes 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit]Engraved portrait of Purcell by R
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Michael Costa (conductor)
Sir Michael Andrew Angus Costa (14 February 1808 – 29 April 1884) was an Italian-born conductor and composer who achieved success in England.Contents1 Biography 2 Works 3 Notes 4 References 5 External linksBiography[edit] He was born in Naples
Naples
as Michele Andrea Agniello Costa. He studied in Naples
Naples
with his father, at the Real Collegio di Musica, and later with Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli. In his youth, as throughout his life, he wrote a great quantity of music, including operas, symphonies and cantatas, all of which has long since passed into oblivion. In 1829 he visited Birmingham
Birmingham
to conduct Zingarelli's Cantata Sacra, a setting of some verses from Isaiah
Isaiah
ch. xii
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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, commonly known as Drury Lane, is a West End theatre and Grade I listed building in Covent Garden, London, England. The building faces Catherine Street (earlier named Bridges or Brydges Street) and backs onto Drury Lane
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Montague Haltrecht
Montague Haltrecht (27 February 1932 – 27 March 2010) was an English writer, literary critic, model and radio and TV presenter. Over the course of his literary career he wrote four novels, Jonah and His Mother (1964), A Secondary Character (1965), The Devil is a Single Man (1969) and The Edgware Road (1970), exploring different aspects of Jewish life, and a biography of Sir David Webster, The Quiet Showman (1975), along with several short stories and radio and TV plays. He won the Henfield Foundation Award for his first two novels and gained a BAFTA nomination for his TV play Can You Hear Me Thinking?. As a character model, he worked for the Ugly Models
Ugly Models
agency, and appeared in advertisements for Schweppes, Weetabix, Right Guard and Sony, amongst others
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Mecca Leisure Group
Mecca Leisure Group
Mecca Leisure Group
(also known as Mecca Leisure Ltd, Mecca Ltd, and Mecca Dance Ltd) was a British business that ran nightclubs, hotels, theme parks, bingo parlors and Hard Rock Cafes.[1] During the 1960s, Mecca was a centre of entertainment with numerous nightclubs throughout major United Kingdom
United Kingdom
towns and cities
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Boosey & Hawkes
Leslie Boosey Ralph HawkesCountry of origin United KingdomHeadquarters location Aldwych London, WC2Key peopleJohn Minch Janis Susskind OBEOfficial website www.boosey.comBoosey & Hawkes is a British music publisher purported to be the largest specialist classical music publisher in the world. Until 2003, it was also a major manufacturer of brass, string and woodwind musical instruments. Formed in 1930 through the merger of two well-established British music businesses, the company controls the copyrights to much major 20th-century music, including works by Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Prokofieff, Strauss and Stravinsky
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John Maynard Keynes
John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes[2] CB FBA (/keɪnz/ KAYNZ; 5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946), was a British economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century and the founder of modern macroeconomics theory.[3][4][5][6] His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics, and its various offshoots. During the Great Depression
Great Depression
of the 1930s, Keynes spearheaded a revolution in economic thinking, challenging the ideas of neoclassical economics that held that free markets would, in the short to medium term, automatically provide full employment, as long as workers were flexible in their wage demands
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Thomas Beecham
Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor. Born to a rich industrial family, Beecham began his career as a conductor in 1899. He used his access to the family fortune to finance opera from the 1910s until the start of the Second World War, staging seasons at Covent Garden, Drury Lane and His Majesty's Theatre with international stars, his own orchestra and a wide repertoire
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Royal Ballet
Wayne McGregor
Wayne McGregor
Christopher Wheeldon Liam ScarlettOtherSister company Birmingham
Birmingham
Royal BalletAssociated schools Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet
SchoolThe Royal Ballet
Royal Ballet
is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House
in Covent Garden, London, England
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Bruno Walter
Bruno Walter
Bruno Walter
(born Bruno Schlesinger, September 15, 1876 – February 17, 1962) was a German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Born in Berlin, he left Germany
Germany
in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, was naturalized as a French citizen in 1938, and settled in the United States in 1939
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Eugene Aynsley Goossens
Sir Eugene Aynsley Goossens
Eugene Aynsley Goossens
(/ˈɡuːsənz/; 26 May 1893 – 13 June 1962) was an English conductor and composer.Contents1 Biography1.1 Scandal2 Marriages and children 3 Death 4 Legacy 5 Bibliography 6 Discography 7 References 8 External linksBiography[edit]Blue plaque, 70 Edith Road, West Kensington, LondonHe was born in Camden Town, London, the son of the Belgian conductor and violinist Eugène Goossens (fils, 1867–1958) and Annie Cook, a Carl Rosa Opera Company
Carl Rosa Opera Company
singer. He was the grandson of the conductor Eugène Goossens (père, 1845–1906; his father and grandfather spelled Eugène with a grave accent; he himself did not)
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The Fairy-Queen
The Fairy-Queen
The Fairy-Queen
(1692; Purcell catalogue number Z.629) is a masque or semi-opera by Henry Purcell; a "Restoration spectacular".[1] The libretto is an anonymous adaptation of William Shakespeare's wedding comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.[2] First performed in 1692, The Fairy-Queen was composed three years before Purcell's death at the age of 35. Following his death, the score was lost and only rediscovered early in the twentieth century. Purcell did not set any of Shakespeare's text to music; instead he composed music for short masques in every act but the first. The play itself was also slightly modernised in keeping with seventeenth-century dramatic conventions, but in the main the spoken text is as Shakespeare
Shakespeare
wrote it. The masques are related to the play metaphorically, rather than literally. Many critics have stated that they bear no relationship to the play
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Arnold Goodman, Baron Goodman
Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman, CH, (21 August 1913 – 12 May 1995)[1] was a British lawyer and political advisor.Contents1 Life 2 Criticisms 3 Publications 4 Offices held 5 References 6 Sources 7 External linksLife[edit] Arnold Goodman was born to middle class Jewish parents in London, England.[2] He was educated at Hackney Downs School (formerly The Grocers' Company School), University College London, and Downing College, Cambridge. He became a leading London lawyer as Senior Partner in the law firm Goodman, Derrick & Co (now Goodman Derrick LLP[3]). He was solicitor and advisor to politicians such as Harold Wilson. Lord Goodman was chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1965 until 1972, succeeded by Lord Gibson
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Carmen
Carmen
Carmen
(French pronunciation: ​[kaʁmɛn]; Spanish: [ˈkarmen]) is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac
Henri Meilhac
and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique
Opéra-Comique
in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen
Carmen
has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias. The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue
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