Turandor-ROH
Edward Watson

EVENTS


On February 16, 2017 de Paul University in Chicago will host a film screening of Edward Watson’s remarkable 2013 performance in Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Kafka’s masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation and audience Q&A with Watson.

EDWARD WATSON - THE METAMORPHOSIS




Annual Trip to London

The Spring meeting of the AFoCG Board of Directors took place in London from May 6-9, 2016. During the visit, the Directors and guests sat in on part of a thrilling dress rehearsal for Lucia di Lammermoor, a performance of Tannhäuser including the extraordinary experience of watching an act from the wings, and a special performance of Liam Scarlett’s new ballet Frankenstein, a co-production with the San Francisco Ballet. A highlight of the trip was a Royal Opera House gala performance in the presence of the ROH Patron The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. There the Directors saw extraordinary displays by the artistic companies and orchestra of the ROH that included Emma Bell’s interpretation of Elsa’s aria from Act I of Lohengrin by Wagner; Yuriy Yurchuk’s performance of Riccardo’s aria from Act I of I puritani by Bellini, and dance performances by Marianela Nuñez, Valeri Hristov and Edward Watson of Frederick Ashton’s Monotones to the music of Eric Satie. The London visit is becoming a much anticipated annual event, attended by the directors and friends. Should you wish to learn more about membership benefits including about how you might join future trips please contact Elizabeth Kogen at af@afocg.org.

ANNUAL TRIP TO LONDON



Farewell ROH Tour

The Royal Ballet 2015 USA tour concluded in New York City on Sunday evening 28 June. In celebration of this highly successful tour and 2014-15 season AFoCG Chairman Mercedes T. Bass hosted a farewell supper/dance for the company, crew and friends at the Promenade of the Koch Theater following the final performance. The festive evening included a buffet supper, orchestra and dancing, and the traditional Taglioni cake-cutting ceremony.

FAREWELL - THE ROYAL BALLET US TOUR



guggen

Ed Watson and Wendy Whelan at the Guggenheim Museum
Works & Process Series
Sunday June 14 at 3pm & 7pm and Monday June 15 at 7:30pm

New York City Center artistic associate Wendy Whelan and The Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson come together for an exciting project featuring new works by Annie-B Parson, Arthur Pita, and Danièle Desnoyers. Whelan and Watson will perform excerpts and participate in a discussion with New York City Center's vice president of programming, Stanford Makishi. A performing arts series that explores artistic creation through stimulating conversation and performance in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright– designed, 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater, Works & Process commissions and champions new works and offers unprecedented access to some of the world’s leading creators and performers. After most performances, you are invited to continue the conversation with the artists at a reception.

Tickets for the Works & Process are available on the Guggenheim website.


Koch-Theater

Screening of Royal Ballet heritage footage curated by Alastair Macaulay, dance critic of The New York Times Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
Monday June 22, 2015, 7pm-8:30pm

As a prelude to the Royal Ballet's season at the David H. Koch Theater. (June 23-29), Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of the "New York Times", will present a selection of rare or unique films of the company, showing what an extraordinary trove of film material there is in the Dance Division of the New York Public Library.




American Friends of Covent Garden, special guests and select members of the press braved the New York cold to attend a special reception and an exclusive screening of The Winter's Tale at the The Crosby Street Hotel on February 11, 2015. The event was held to celebrate The Royal Ballet's upcoming three-city tour of the United States, which will take place in June 2015. Guests were treated to an intimate reception and talk hosted by The Royal Ballet Director Kevin O'Hare and renowed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, together with principal dancers and Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson, prior to viewing Wheeldon's spectacular adaptation of the Shakespeare classic.

THE WINTER`S TALE - PREVIEW RECEPTION

NEWS



PRESS RELEASE
Dates For US and Canadian Cinemas Announced for 2017/2018 Royal Opera House cinema Series

PLAYBILL
London’s Royal Opera and Ballet Will Kick Off International Screenings With The Magic Flute

PRESS RELEASE
The Royal Ballet 2017/18 Season

PRESS RELEASE
The Royal Opera 2017/18 Season

NPR
Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Review: A Decade On, Wayne McGregor Continues to Energize the Royal Ballet

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
An Opera Primer: 5 Essential Moments for Budding Fans

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Oliver Mears Is Named to a Top Post at the Royal Opera House

PRESS RELEASE
Royal Opera House Appoints Ian Taylor as Chairman of the Board of Trustees

THE GUARDIAN
Oliver Mears to be Royal Opera House's director of opera

THE NEW YORKER
A disturbing, inspired "Winter's Tale"

THE NEW YORKER
An explosive opera of “The Exterminating Angel”

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Review: In This Opera, You Can Depart, but You Can Never Leave

PRESS RELEASE
Oliver Mears to join Royal Opera House

PRESS RELEASE
Royal Opera Appoints new Chorus Director

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Review: Dark Suspicions in Jumps and Gestures
in ‘The Winter’s Tale’

CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
ROH to introduce e-ticket service

THE WASHINGTON POST
‘The Winter’s Tale’: The blockbuster ballet that almost wasn’t

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Kasper Holten to Step Down as Director at Royal Opera House

PRESS RELEASE
Opera & Music | Spring 2016.
The Royal Opera Repertory

PRESS RELEASE
Watch: New York City Ballet perform Christopher
Wheeldon’s After the Rain high above Manhattan

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Open Up: building for the future

PRESS RELEASE
Opera & Music | Winter 2015.
The Royal Opera Repertory

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Royal Ballet Gives Audiences a Taste of England, No Passport Required

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Britain’s Royal Ballet returns to Chicago with Carlos Acosta’s ‘Don Quixote’

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Bringing the Royal Ballet to New York, the Joyce Stretches

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Dance This Week: Misty Copeland, the Royal Ballet and Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Royal Ballet Returns to New York After More Than a Decade

THE WASHINGTON POST
‘Don Quixote’: At Kennedy Center, the Royal Ballet flirts with greatness

DC METRO THEATER ARTS
The Royal Ballet’s ‘Don Quixote’ at The Kennedy Center

NEWSWEEK
My Weekend: Alex Beard

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Royal Ballet Sets Cast for Lincoln Center Visit

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
‘An American in Paris’ Review: Not Since Robbins

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Review: ‘An American in Paris,’ a Romance of Song and Step

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
'An American in Paris' on Broadway: What did the critics think?

NEWSDAY
An American in Paris' review: Thrilling musical

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Christopher Wheeldon
Christopher Wheeldon Rethinks ‘An American in Paris’

PRESS RELEASE
The Royal Ballet First New York City engagement
in over 11 years

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Royal Ballet Adds Lincoln Center to Its American Tour

SLIPPEDISC
New York Phil will perform new operas the Met won’t touch

BROADWAY WORLD
The Joyce Theater to Welcome The Royal Ballet

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE BLOG
The Royal Ballet to tour the USA in June 2015

CLASSISSIMA
The Royal Ballet to tour the USA in June 2015

BALLET NEWS TODAY
ArtsBeat: Royal Ballet Adds Lincoln Center
to Its American Tour

PRESS RELEASE
Opera & Music | Winter 2014.
The Royal Opera Repertory

THE TIMES
Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

FINANCIAL TIMES
Manon Lescaut, Royal Opera House, London
Review

THE GUARDIAN
Manon Lescaut review - Kaufmann's singing is exceptional

PRESS RELEASE
Opera & Music | Summer 2014.
The Royal Opera Repertory

THE NEW YORK TIMES
British Choreographer Brings New Work
Home to Royal Ballet

THE NEW YORK TIMES
A Tale’s Kafkaesque Transformation. Edward Watson and
Arthur Pita Create ‘The Metamorphosis’

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Enduring Virtues Onstage in London. Royal Ballet has
slipped a little from its Peak Form

THE NEW YORK TIMES
So Outrageous. As the Opera Anna Nicole makes its first trip to
New York, its composer is having second thoughts

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Royal Opera House Plans Simulcasts In U.S.

FINANCIAL TIMES
The Diary: Tony Hall

NJ.COM / TRUE JERSEY
Top 10 dance events of 2013 — and more dancing
memories to cherish.