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  1. Just checked an old cast sheet which gives the timings below (i.e. 2 hours 30 minutes seems pretty accurate) Act I 38 minutes Interval 25 minutes Act II 28 minutes Interval 25 minutes Act III 27 minutes
  2. Before the event appeared on the website, I called the Box Office to ask about it and was told it was already sold out. Presumably Premium Friends must have booked it by phone. I was, however, told that a proportion of tickets had been held back and would be released when Public Booking opens. Edited to add that the Education Department usually keeps some Insight event tickets back and releases them at an unspecified date if it's decided that they're not needed.
  3. Maybe the seats you sat in are cheaper for Fidelio than they were for Forza but, sadly, the front side amphitheatre seats are, most certainly, not cheaper than they were then.. I've just checked and I paid £41 for front side amphitheatre seats for Forza. Those same seats are £57 for Fidelio!
  4. Here's one I found an Italian site. I'll give the original link but it can easily be put through google translate: https://www.apemusicale.it/joomla/recensioni/20-danza/8247-verona-romeo-e-giulietta-26-08-2019
  5. I have a few old 'news' pages bookmarked (see below). Maybe a technically minded member of the forum could work out a way of navigating from these to other news articles? https://www.roh.org.uk/news/whats-it-like-to-direct-opera-and-ballet-for-the-screen https://www.roh.org.uk/news/after-the-rain-dance-highlight-the-pas-de-deux https://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-romeo-and-juliet-in-cinemas-and-on-bp-big-screens-2015 https://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-what-did-you-think-of-verdis-don-carlo
  6. The old calendar pages are still there. Here's the October one: https://www.roh.org.uk/events/calendar/2019/10 You can use it to navigate to other months and/or years. Let's hope they don't remove these old, user friendly page! Edited to add that you're not able to look at one day at at a time but, if you click on a particular event, the details you're looking for will appear.
  7. From the recent Sunday Times interview with Lilian Hochhauser: "This year’s Bolshoi visit starts with Spartacus on July 29. Will it be the last? There can’t be one next year because of work on the stage. “The Mariinsky have already been in touch with me for the following year. But since I shall be — how old will I be? Ninety-four! But they’re still fine, and the Opera House is still happy with the arrangement.”
  8. The stalls circle bench seats you mention above were, in fact, released for Figaro. They are almost always released for Mozart operas.
  9. A way round this problem is to send the ticket buyer, in advance, an authorisation to get the ticket reprinted should the original “disappear”. It would need to include your post code, the number of the ticket, the order number and the last four digits of the card used for the purchase. This way the buyer would be protected from Box Office mistakes.
  10. If you're a Friend of Covent Garden, the link only works if you're not signed in.
  11. I’m glad you quoted me, Bridiem, as it brought to my attention the fact that my iPad had changed Sylvie to Sylvia! I’ve now corrected the original.
  12. The cast list above appears to make a distinction between “guest artist” (Thiago Soares) and “principal guest artist” (David Hallberg). If I remember correctly, Carlos Acosta used to be referred to as a principal guest artist. If Hallberg has been given the same title, might this explain why he is cast so frequently? Edited to add that I have looked at an old company list and “principal guest artist” was also the title given to Sylvie Guillem.
  13. Such sad news. A truly lovely man who will be very much missed. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.
  14. I think you have misunderstood. The part of the interview you have quoted comes from the paragraph in which Alina Cojocaru talks about Johan Kobborg’s approach to the ballet - i.e. Kobborg is the one who believes in the tradition of classical ballet. Her remarks about Polunin come in the following paragraph.
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