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“Christmas at Covent Garden” Sarah Lenton Tuesday 10 December 2019

The London Christmas season was invented at Covent Garden. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential Pantomime can be traced to Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Panto has moved on to the Palladium but you can see its origins in the seasonal operas and ballets the Royal Opera House puts on every year. This lecture will include current ROH Christmas offerings.

Sarah Lenton has worked principally at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. She writes programme articles and websites, she gives lectures on the operas and ballets in the rep. and does live opera broadcasts and podcasts for BBC Radios 3 and 4.


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