Geoff Brown

Blowing hot and cold | 11 June 2015

Plus: John Fulljames new Cosi fan tutte for Garsington Opera feels like it’s been put together by someone with a very busy in-tray

The opera director David Alden has never been one to tread the straight and narrow. Something kinky would emerge, I’m sure, even if he directed the Queen’s televised Christmas message. So matching him up at English National Opera with the madness, obsessions and phantasmagoria of Tchaikovsky’s whirring and troubling The Queen of Spades was simply asking for trouble.

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