An important article that makes good reading. I have my fingers crossed that Tony Hall pulls it off: Why we need an open House
Tony Hall, Covent Garden’s executive director, explains the importance of attracting a wider audience in The Sunday Times,
Some time ago, I watched Duo:logue, by the dancer/choreographer Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet, at our Linbury Studio Theatre. It had a profound effect on me. The audience in the 440 seats were younger and more socially varied than anything I’d seen before. They were noisy. They whooped in response to what was going on. It was electric. It helped to crystallise my perspective that we had a duty to ensure this kind of audience was as well catered for as our main one.
It’s easy to wag an egalitarian finger at the Royal Opera House and regurgitate the tired notion that it provides elite art for the elite. Dismantling this distortion is an integral part of my role here: if we fail to address it, the Royal Opera House will become fossilised, an irrelevant relic roped off in the church of “high art”. click for more
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