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Across Britain punters are lapping up ultra-trad opera – the Arts Council will be disgusted

11 May 2024

9:00 AM

11 May 2024

9:00 AM

Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

Warwick Arts Centre

CBSO/Jeremy Denk/Kazuki Yamada

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Another week at the opera, another evening with an elitist and ethically dubious art form. I love it; you love it; but the authors of the Arts Council’s recent report on opera in England are less enamoured. One issue they identified was that ‘the stories which opera and music theatre tells are failing to connect fully with contemporary society’.

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