Michael Tanner

The state of opera today (it’s not good)

Last year was a good year only for colleges of music, Opera North, The Welsh National Opera — and Wagner

Ben Johnson and Devon Guthrie in The Magic Flute (Photo: Robbie Jack)

I’ve been hoping that in this, the last of my weekly columns on opera, I would be able to strike a positive, even cheerful note on the present and future of the art form, but honesty compels me to say that I don’t think it is in very good shape.

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