Session 4: Wrap-Up

August 31, 2011 Comments Off on Session 4: Wrap-Up

ROYAL LONDON OPERA CLOSED INDEFINITELY

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

Covent Garden – Authorities at the iconic Royal OperaHouse announced this morning that the venerable theatre will be closed indefinitely while the incident last night is investigated. A fire broke out in the stagecraft area, prompting an evacuation of staff and audience – tragically, several patrons were trampled to death in the panic, and there are still several listed as missing. Among them is Miss Cheryl Kern, the 42 year old soprano who was successfully reviving her career after an extended absence out of the spotlight.

This is the latest disaster in the Opera’s current production of Lohengrin, which has been plagued by accident and controversy almost from the start; the first director, Henry Lang, had quit several months prior, citing irreconcilable differences with his cast. Several members of that cast had fallen ill and Tony Carravata, the production’s most visible star, broke his back just three weeks ago when he fell through a stage door which opened at the wrong time.

These coincidences led to some rumours that the production was cursed, but Nigel Waysmith, the new director, dismissed these as “absolute balderdash”. Despite these setbacks, the performances had been spectacular, largely owing to Miss Kern’s astonishing return from obscurity; her recent accolades led many to believe that her career revival was firmly poised for further fame and even greater success.

The Balcony

The Balcony

The Stage

The Stage

From Above

From Above

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