Royal Opera Finds New Sponsor for Training Program

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The Royal Opera House has found a new patron to support its Vilar Young Artists program, CEO Tony Hall said in an interview with Bloomberg News.

Alberto Vilar, the original source of funds for the training program, has delivered only Ô£3 million of the Ô£10 million that he pledged for the program and the renovation of the Vilar Floral Hall, Hall told Bloomberg. The opera company has not released the name of the new donor.

A spokesman for ROH declined to provide further comment to PlaybillArts.

Vilar, once one of the most generous donors in the opera world, has failed to fulfill a series of pledges in recent years as the value of his high-tech holdings lost value. Last week he was arrested in New York for allegedly defrauding a client and remains in jail.

The Young Artists program provides additional training for singers who have completed their college degrees and are at the beginning of their operatic careers. They receive daily tutoring and sing small roles in ROH productions.

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