Michael Tanner

Slippery slope

One such unworthy cause was David Alden’s new production of Lohengrin for the Royal Opera, in which there was no room for a hero

Longborough Festival Opera, refuge for British Wagnerians fleeing unidiomatic musical performances and idiotically irrelevant and insulting productions, has rounded off its Wagner canon with its first Der fliegende Holländer. Next year a new production of the Ring begins, so presumably the small stage is considered inappropriate for the three Wagner dramas with indispensably large choruses.

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