Subscribe to
Opera Today

Receive articles and news via RSS feeds or email subscription.







Recently in News

And London Burned: in conversation with Raphaela Papadakis

Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.

Latest news


Welsh National Opera explores Madness for autumn season


New Releases from Opera Rara


A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony


On Site Opera Presents 'Barber of Seville' at Fabbri Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side


Il Trittico: Puccini's most underrated opera


Bizet's Carmen | English National Opera


Metropolitan Opera Stars Join Opera Las Vegas in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly


Lowering the tone


Celebrating Bidú Sayão's Birthday (11 May 1902)


The Rake’s Progress, Metropolitan Opera, New York


Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London


Die beste hochdramatische Sopranistin der Gegenwart


“Tarquin” an der Berliner Staatsoper: Vom Werden eines Diktators


Moses und Aron, Komische Oper Berlin


Death Clown for Cutie (Cav and Pag at the Met)


A broken heart in a bloodstained nightgown


Voices in space: Meredith Monk & friends construct musical cathedrals at 50-year anniversary concert


Beyond Falstaff in ‘Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’: Otto Nicolai’s Revolutionary ‘Wives’




25 Oct 2005

Opera babes — Glyndebourne is reaching out to twentysomethings with its new operatic thriller Tangier Tattoo. What did post-punk rockers the Suffrajets make of it?,11710,1599804,00.html

Tangier_Tatoo_small.jpgBy Tom Service [The Guardian, 25 October 2005]

Glyndebourne Touring Opera had a big idea for this autumn: the world premiere of an opera for what they describe as the "lost generation" of 18- to 30-year-olds. "Lost", that is, to the opera house, since twentysomethings make up only a tiny percentage of the average operatic crowd, which is still dominated by a greying, elderly population. This is the third youth opera that Glyndebourne have put on in the past few years, after Misper (written specifically for young teenagers), and Zoë (an opera on cloning), for sixth-formers. They've used the same creative team of writer Stephen Plaice and composer John Lunn for the new piece, Tangier Tattoo. It is billed not as a boring old "opera" but an "operatic thriller", and it's a tale of drugs, sex, terrorism and skin decoration, subjects that emerged from focus groups as the most likely to turn on the target audience.

Send to a friend

Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.

Friend's Email Address: (required)

Your Email Address: (required)

Message (optional):