Join us for the New Season at the Royal Opera House,
with an unmissable debut performance by the renowned tenor
Javier Camarena in Rossini’s masterpiece 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia'.
Camarena's towering reputation marks him out as successor to
Luciano Pavarotti—and this will be a memorable first appearance at Covent Garden.



The date is Thursday, September 15, and we shall have
Best Seats in the Orchestra Stalls for the performance,
preceded in suitably fine style by a
delicious Three-Course Champagne Dinner at the legendary Savoy Hotel.


CAMARENA: 'COMPARISONS WITH PAVAROTTI ARE SO APT' - 'ANY PERFORMANCE OF HIS WILL BE A MUST-SEE'.

We are thrilled to announce that we are opening the New Opera Season at Covent Garden with the debut appearance of the world-renowned Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. Marked out as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, Camarena's fabulous talent is creating a towering reputation among critics and audiences worldwide—this is a tenor to see now, in person.


A GREAT CHANCE TO SEE 'THE MOST THRILLING TENOR SINGING TODAY'.

With a voice that is beautiful in the extreme, Camarena, like Pavarotti, had the distinct honour of being granted a mid-opera aria encore at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Each has a distinct relationship with those jewels of bel canto, the high Cs—and now, across the opera world, Camarena is achieving rock star status in the footsteps of Pavarotti.

So, to be there in person for this, Camarena's first appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in a performance of Rossini’s joyous 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia', will be an unmissable occasion for all who enjoy opera and want to be one of the first to hear this tenor in a full operatic performance. To see him will be thrilling, and he has alongside him Argentina's powerhouse mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack—whose Rossini reveals a virtuoso technique second to none—and the brilliant Italian baritone Vito Priante.


DANIELA MACK: 'PURRINGLY ELEGANT' MEZZO, 'A STAR IN THE MAKING'.

We will enjoy this highly anticipated performance from the best seats in the Orchestra Stalls at the Royal Opera House, having first dined on a delicious three-course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy. It all promises to be an exceptional event—which for our Members costs only £159, saving almost £100 each. These opera tickets are not yet on sale to the public—but as a Member of the Club you have the chance to snap them up in advance—and when they do go on public sale the price will be £175 for the seats alone. The full value of the evening is at least £257. With this star cast it will be an undoubted sell-out, and we have a limited number of tickets—so please do not delay making your booking.

It promises to be a fabulous evening—the great Camarena is hailed by opera critics as 'the Prince of Tenors'. Writes opera critic Dominic Lowe: 'Comparisons with Pavarotti are so apt. Camarena is now at the very top of bel canto tenors singing today. Any performance of his will be a must-see and I warmly await his Covent Garden debut.' Critic Wilborn Hampton writes: ' Camarena is quite simply the most thrilling young tenor singing today . . . The Mexican-born tenor has a voice that is as pure and brilliant as gold . . . Camarena is on his way to being the next tenor superstar'. Meanwhile Opera News reported of a Met performance that 'the audience erupted in long and loud cheering, shouting, stamping of feet, standing ovations . . . his fil di voce pianissimos in the Act 1 duet had a beauty that brought tears to the eyes.' We await great things at Covent Garden.


'A PRICELESS FIGARO . . . THE FANTASTIC VITO PRIANTE'.

Alongside Camarena, Daniela Mack is a young mezzo-soprano described by the critics as 'devastating and magnificent' and 'a star in the making'. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph opera critic, describes her as, 'A purringly elegant BMW of a singer, with perfect legato … I deem her the finished article.' Henry Stewart agrees, writing in Opera News: 'She has a voice like polished onyx: strong, dark, deep and gleaming.'

This will be a great chance to see the talented baritone Vito Priante—named by critics, 'A priceless Figaro . . . the fantastic Vito Priante'—again at Covent Garden. Of his last appearance in 'Il Barbiere', critics were unanimous in their praise, one writing: 'The brilliant Vito Priante, an excellent baritone and an impeccable actor who even moves with the naturalness of a Gene Kelly.' Priante has performed across Europe in venerable theatres including La Scala in Milan and the State Operas in Vienna, Munich and Berlin. His voice is hailed as 'elegant and burnished, stylish and seductive, agile and lively'.


STRENGTH IN DEPTH: PIERARDIS, FARDILHA, FURLANETTO AND NAGY.

In the well-matched cast there is strength in depth: José Fardilha is the comic core as Doctor Bartolo; Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Don Basilio; New Zealand lyric soprano Madeleine Pierardis is Berta; and Hungarian-born baritone Gyula Nagy is Fiorello. And then there is the internationally acclaimed Henrik Nánási, a conductor of supreme distinction, style and nuance, who will conduct the full orchestra of the Royal Opera, together with the Royal Opera Chorus.


THE SAVOY, WHERE WE SHALL DINE AND DRINK CHAMPAGNE.

The evening will begin on a high note—with a three-course Pre-Theatre Champagne Dinner in The Savoy Hotel, where we shall enjoy the fine cuisine at Kaspar's Restaurant (the former River Room). Unusually, the opera starts at 6.45pm, so our tables are booked from 4.45pm to give you time to enjoy dinner—after which you will be whisked to Covent Garden by taxi. (It may also be possible for a few of our guests to start dinner a little later, enjoy the first two courses prior to the performance, and return to The Savoy afterwards for pudding and to end the evening at leisure—if you wish to do this, please inquire soon.)

The date is Thursday, September 15. Tickets for the full evening are just £159 for our Members, including Orchestra Stalls centre seats, three-course pre-theatre Champagne dinner, VAT, restaurant service charge and taxi from The Savoy to the Royal Opera House. The full value is at least £257 (others pay £175 for these opera tickets alone). If you prefer, you can book for the opera tickets, not including the dinner etc, at the special Club price of £109 instead of the full £175.


TO EXTEND THE EVENING'S PLEASURE, STAY THE NIGHT AT THE SAVOY.

We have only limited tickets for this much awaited performance. To join us, kindly book now by calling Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to secure tickets for the full evening including best Orchestra Stalls tickets for the Opera and Pre-Theatre Three-Course Champagne Dinner at The Savoy.
Or click here to book tickets for the Opera alone. This will be an extremely popular event, so please book now—tickets will be strictly first-come-first-served, whether you order online or by phone.

To extend the pleasure of the evening and stay the night, or nights at The Savoy Hotel at our exclusive Club rates (or at another of our hand-picked hotels and clubs), please see further details in the right-hand panel, and click here to check availability for your dates.

 
DELICIOUS THREE-COURSE CHAMPAGNE DINNER AT THE SAVOY



As a fitting opening to this sublime opera performance we shall enjoy a three-course Champagne Dinner at Kaspar's Restaurant overlooking the Thames at the historic Savoy Hotel. We shall toast the evening with a glass of Champagne, followed by three courses from a delicious pre-theatre menu, each with a choice of dishes, created to reflect the occasion and the season.

It is too soon to choose the exact dishes—but were we to dine today we should be treated to such delicacies for starters as Vodka Cured Stone Bass with orange, minted apple and lime crisp; or Mantova and Watermelon with chorizo, lemon vanilla and Greek yoghurt; or, as a vegetarian option, Summer Vegetable Strudel with onion marmalade, pea sauce and spring onion salad.



For main courses there may be a choice of fresh Pan-fried Lemon Sole with butter white runner beans, pickled white carrots and split herb nagea; or perhaps a succulent Lamb Rump with green asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke purée and blackcurrant infused jus; or a delightful Potato Truffle Beignet with curly kale, baby turnip and beurre noisette foam. You will also be invited to choose an inclusive side dish—from cauliflower cheese to sautéed spinach, sweet potato fries with smoked paprika mayo, house salad, tender stem broccoli, Pommes Pont Neuf and more.

For pudding there may be The Savoy's scrumptious Peach and Bourbon Orchard with peach galette, bourbon diplomat and pecan ice-cream; or Exotic Chocolate Twist with dark chocolate salted ganache, cocoa nib foam and passion fruit sorbet; or a selection of palate-refreshing ices and sorbets.

Whatever is on the menu, The Savoy will ensure that the food is superb and the service faultless—and your taxi will be on hand to whisk you to Covent Garden and the best seats in the house for the performance.

BOOK THIS SPECIAL NIGHT
AT THE ROYAL OPERA


To book our best centre Orchestra Stalls seats for The Royal Opera performance of 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' on Thursday, September 15, with a delicious Pre-Theatre Three-Course Champagne Dinner at Kaspar's at The Savoy Hotel, including your taxi to the Royal Opera House, service charge and VAT, the cost to Members is only £159 per person (the full value is at least £257). For tickets-only, the Club price is only £109 instead of the full value of £175.

Your tables for dinner at The Savoy are booked from 4.45pm. The performance starts at 6.45pm, and the running time is 3 hour 30 minutes, including one interval; the performance is anticipated to end at about 10.15pm.

Only a limited number of tickets for these best Orchestra Stalls seats and Champagne Dinner at The Savoy are available, so please book now by calling Member Services on 020 7399 2960, or click here to book Best Seats including Three-Course Champagne Dinner. If you prefer to have tickets-only, please click here.


EXTEND THE PLEASURE:
STAY AT THE SAVOY HOTEL


THE WORLD-FAMOUS SAVOY HOTEL ENTRANCE.

You may wish to extend the pleasures of the evening with a night or two at The Savoy Hotel and a few days in London. As a Club Member you receive special Club rates, saving you hundreds of pounds, as well as VIP treatment and Club benefits including a complimentary bottle of wine in your room to toast the occasion, complimentary room upgrades (if available when you arrive), and privileged room allocation in any case.


A THAMES-VIEW SUITE AT THE SAVOY.

Our exclusive Club rates for Savoy bedrooms, including the above benefits, start at £282 plus VAT (total £338.40) for two in a Superior Queen room (the best price we can see elsewhere currently is £430 plus VAT (total £516) for the room only. You are therefore saving £177.60 per night on this room category, plus the extra benefits, and considerably more when you include your complimentary room upgrade. You also have Club rates on all room categories beyond this, including the Deluxe King and the spectacular River View Deluxe.

Please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 to check availability at The Savoy, or another of our recommended hotels and clubs, all at special Club rates, or click here to email your inquiry for room availability.


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