Opera at war over Wagner
ENO strikes a sour note over Brunnhilde’s suicide bombing scene, as La Scala director is forced out by staff
Vanessa Thorpe [The Guardian, 3 Apr 05]
The escalating artistic arms race between London’s two rival opera houses, Covent Garden and the Coliseum, reached a new level of threat this weekend.
Both venues are in the middle of staging block-busting versions of Richard Wagner’s epic and expensive Ring cycle, but audiences at the Coliseum last night were left reeling from more than the music after the English National Opera mounted a violent coup de thétre.
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