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Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Musical Director:
Antonio Pappano

Orchestra & Concerts Manager:
Hazel Province

Covent Garden,
London,
WC2E 9DD,
England

Telephone:
+44 20 7304 4000
Fax:
+44 20 7212 9460

Web:
www.royalopera.org
Email:
webmaster@roh.org.uk

 

 

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ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Covent Garden Orchestra was founded in 1946 on the reopening of the Royal Opera House after the Second World War. Since then many of the finest British orchestral musicians have been members of the Orchestra and the World's greatest conductors, including Karl Rankl, Erich Kleiber, Sir George Solti, Sir Colin Davis and Bernard Haitink have been associated with the Orchestra.

The Orchestra was incorporated in the Royal Charter granted to the Covent Garden Company (now the Royal Opera) in 1968 and its title changed to the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Sir George Solti became Music Director in 1961 and remained for ten years during which time he took the Company on its first major overseas tour to Munich and former West Berlin. Solti was succeeded by Sir Colin Davis who continued to develop the fine Orchestra he inherited. This period was notable for some widely acclaimed recordings including Cosi fan tutte, Les Troyens and Peter Grimes and first performances of Tippett's The Knot Garden and Ice Break; and the British premiere of Lulu by Alban Berg.

The Orchestra continues to enjoy high critical acclaim both in the Opera House and on the concert platform. Bernard Haitink will soon complete 10 years as Music Director. The Orchestra serves both the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.

The Orchestra records regularly with the Company and also in its own right on the Royal Opera House Label (BMG/Conifer), and with EMI. Future recordings are planned with Sony Classical and Philips. Plans are underway for tours in Europe and in the USA.

With 124 members the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is the largest orchestral establishment in the United Kingdom.

 


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