The Building Of The House

As the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, closes down for a two-year refit, it is not alone.

Around the world, managements in the throes of redevelopment are negotiating with artists, ARCHITECTs, bankers and politicians - and wondering how best to keep their companies and audiences intact while the house is closed.

Daniel Snowman visits opera houses in San Francisco, Barcelona, Washington DC and Venice (all in the hands of the builders) to find out.

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19970713

As the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, closes down for a two-year refit, it is not alone.

Around the world, managements in the throes of redevelopment are negotiating with artists, ARCHITECTs, bankers and politicians - and wondering how best to keep their companies and audiences intact while the house is closed.

Daniel Snowman visits opera houses in San Francisco, Barcelona, Washington DC and Venice (all in the hands of the builders) to find out.

19970713

As the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, closes down for a two-year refit, it is not alone.

Around the world, managements in the throes of redevelopment are negotiating with artists, ARCHITECTs, bankers and politicians - and wondering how best to keep their companies and audiences intact while the house is closed.

Daniel Snowman visits opera houses in San Francisco, Barcelona, Washington DC and Venice (all in the hands of the builders) to find out.