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14 Jun 2006

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ohp_logo_black.pngOpera Holland Park’s management have been called yobs. Who cares, they tell Warwick Thompson

[Times Online, 14 June 2006]

They use blokey slang peppered with the occasional salty innuendo. Their vowels have a kind of diphthongy urban twang that would make a latter-day Professor Higgins rush for his notebook. They’ve even been known to drop the odd T. And they run one of the most exciting small opera companies in the country.

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