The recession appears so far to have had little or no effect on the sale of opera tickets and the Royal Opera’s management team is determinedly pursuing its vision without regard to possible future difficulties.
When Petra Lang steps onto the stage of the Royal Opera House in Lohengrin next week, it’ll be into a long shadow cast by Waltraud Meier in the last revival six years ago. If anyone can rise to the challenge, it’s Lang, one of the most compelling of current singing actresses.
Garsington Opera has been operating at its Oxfordshire base for two decades. Along with Glyndebourne and Grange Park, it's one of the Summer's prime country locations for quality opera - not to mention picnicking and enjoying the ambience of one of England's great houses in the sunshine.