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Opera

Michael Tanner: Why I prefer Donizetti to Strauss

Though both the Proms performances of Elektra and Salome, and the Winslow Hall production of Lucia di Lammermoor get full marks

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

Salome; Elektra

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

Lucia di Lammermoor

Winslow Hall, Buckinghamshire, until 14 September

Three operas this week, each of them named after its (anti-)heroine: one of the heroines (the most sympathetic) murders her husband, one of them spends her time successfully plotting the deaths of her mother and stepfather, one insists on the murder of a prophet who refuses her advances, and has an orgasm as she kisses the tongue of his severed head.

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