Tuesday, February 25, 2003


The English National Opera website is being relatively coy about its cancelled production of Berlioz's 'The Trojans' tonight - at a cost of £50,000. The Chorus, threatened with redundancies and facing a management that appears uninterested in even listening to their ideas about alternative savings, is instead giving a free performance of Verdi's 'Requiem' at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden WC2 (Tel. 01707 650 735). Not so much a strike as a sing-in. More about the ENO situation at The Guardian's site.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the pun in the headline, here's some background about the UK TV Operatunity from the BBC. You can even watch the whole programme on-line. The monicker has also been used by a worthy outreach venture in Arizona... "Our programs are interactive, and improvisational. Call us in-your-face-opera. We tailor each performance to any age group, anywhere, at home in the cafetorium as in the concert hall."

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