Curtain set to go up on Royal Opera House’s £8.3m workshop

By Charlotte Higgins [The Guardian 18 November 2010]
The Royal Opera House’s grand projet in the north of England – a full-blown branch in Manchester – has been quietly shelved because of straitened times. But its other ambitious scheme – a magnificent new production workshop in Purfleet, on the Thames in Essex – is about to open with, for the first and last time, the staging of an opera.