Fernando Herrera is a London-based engineer who discovered opera through his grandmother’s piano reduction scores and cheap CDs bought at newsstands. When he moved to Madrid he became a regular at Teatro Real using the “under 26” ticket scheme. Now he is trying to catch up with the busy musical life of London.
There was a lot expectation about the new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Their previous collaboration, Written on Skin, was an enormous critical and public success, earning the work a place in the exclusive club of 21th century classics with selected works by Saariaho, Heggie and Birtwistle.