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Cold dead hands

The press department at the English National Opera is considering a revamp of the company’s press seating policy, perhaps offering to mainstream critics a single prime ticket instead of the pair of free ducats bestowed hitherto. This modest proposal has been met with a chorus of rage from the British press (not pictured)! Read more »

Cold comfort

My mother tells a story of being a toddler in the Midlands during World War Two, held in her mother’s arms in the back garden watching beautiful orange lights in the sky. But her mother didn’t find them beautiful: she was crying. “It’s Coventry” she said. “It’s Coventry.”  Read more »

She too

Before we start: he’s wearing wings because he’s going to a costume party.  Read more »

The kink’s English

A new production of La traviata by Daniel Kramer, the current artistic director of ENO, brings fresh ideas to the classic drama.

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Medium cool

Nico Muhly has set himself the task of presenting Winston Graham’s elusive heroine Marnie on the operatic stage.

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Ed ora come faccio?… Così!

“English National Opera is staging a modern-day version of La bohème in which the lead female character is a heroin user rather than a consumptive.”

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Feel the early morning madness

Glenn Close‘s Norma Desmond is back.”

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“My work is done”

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera, has announced he intends to step down from his role after 20 years with the Company.

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