Richard Bratby

Why does opera always feel the need to apologise for its plots?

Welsh National Opera's Makropulos Case is mostly superb – but the director suffers from a failure of nerve

Alan Oke was both funny and intensely touching as the decrepit Count Hauk-Sendorf, while Angeles Blancas Gulin was simultaneously sensual and aloof as Emilia Marty. Image: Richard Hubert Smith

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