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If you want to send a message, don’t use the ‘Telegraph’

verdiBrit rag The Telegraph reported early today the Verdi opera Aida had been canceled at Bristol University due to student protests about cultural appropriation. A later update of the story corrected one tiny error of fact: not Verdi but Elton John. Oops! What’s worse, the online story carries no indication a correction has been made. Read more »

Se il destassi… no, peloso!

“The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia. ‘It was tough, especially as I was going through a divorce at the same time’.” [The Telegraph]

“And I presume you know what that unfortunate movement led to?”

“Meanwhile top-flight native talents such as Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Allan Clayton and Anthony Gregory are shunted into revivals of The Magic Flute and The Mikado, and potential stars such as Marcus Farnsworth and Elizabeth Llewellyn don’t even get a look in. One doesn’t need to be a UKIP xenophobe or Little Englander to feel that this is wrong, wrong, wrong and a betrayal of the spirit of ENO’s Founding Fathers.” [The Telegraph]