Michael Tanner

Kafka Fragments at the Linbury Studio; Nabucco at the Royal Opera House

One feared that the sensational Liudmyla Monastyrska might sing everyone else off the stage, but she didn’t

Yes, well…aphorisms are never easy to deal with, they are a naturally intimidating form of utterance. If you admit that you don’t understand them, you may well be thought thick. If you reject a request for an explanation of one, on the grounds that what it says can’t be put any other way, you may well get away with it.

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