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 Breakfast Friday, 6 December, 2002, 09:17 GMT
Breakfast at the Royal Opera House
Philippa Forrester paid her final visit to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden today (Friday). Next week, we'll be getting Christmassy at Kew Gardens, on BBC One only, from 8.40am, to 9.15am

On Friday's programme

  • Touring productions: The Royal Opera House may be the home of ballet and operatic excellence but it's not a stay-at-home talent. We spoke to Anthony Russell-Roberts: the man responsible for orchestrating the mammoth task of getting the Royal Ballet on tour. He said:

    International touring is a very important part of the Royal Ballet. It provides a yardstick in global pecking running order.

    We are away for four to five weeks. It gives dancers to chance to repeat performances which helps their developement. Feeding dancers is a big job they have very healthy jobs.


  • The legacy of Sir Kenneth Macmillan: We talked to the widow of one of the Royal Ballet's most distinguished choreographers, Sir Kenneth Macmillan. Lady Macmillan said:

    We wanted to push ballet away from fairies and strange beasts. It is a curious art form, and unless it is interpreted well it looks rubbish. My job is to keep the legacy, and keep it as an amazing art form.


  • Portrait of the house We also spoke to the renowned photographer Sam Taylor-Wood who's been working with the performers of Covent Garden's new production of Sophie's Choice.


  • Cecilia Bartoli: And, we sent our Arts Correspondent, David Sillito to meet the internationally-acclaimed mezzo soprano, Cecilia Bartoli.


    Competition

    Our final Royal Opera House competition of the week is open until midday. Just tell us

    Who has the deepest voice in the Chorus?
    A) Alto
    B) Soprano
    C) Tenor
    D) Bass

    If you know the answer, call 08700 109 771. Lines are open until midday only and calls should cost no more than a second class stamp. The winner of yesterday's (Thursday's) competition was: Richard Vaughan-Payne from South West London.

  • Next week, from Monday, Philippa will be at Kew Gardens in London, where Christmas is coming early

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