The orchestra was founded in
1946 under the name the Covent Garden Orchestra. Its first Musical Director was Karl
Rankl and the theatre had re-opened as England's
first permanent residence for opera and ballet. Although predominantly playing for
the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, the orchestra has appeared many times
in the studio and in concerts.
It has had many top international conductors including John Barbirolli,
Otto Klemperer, Richard Bonynge, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis and Sir
Bernard Haitink and has played host to many of the world's acclaimed
Adolphe Charles Adam Recordings
505 (2 CD set
- Richard Bonynge
is the original unedited version as written and debuted in 1841.