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29 Oct 2006

First performances are not all of a feather,,2101-2421210,00.html

Bird of Night fails to lift Paul Driver, but premieres of Maxwell Davies and Knussen prove transporting [Times Online, 29 October 2006]

Of four premieres I attended in the past few days, the grandest was the least. For the first time, the Royal Opera has commissioned a work from a woman, the Trinidadian Dominique Le Gendre, and it was staged at the Linbury. In 2003, a 20-minute opus by her had been put on there as part of A Nitro at the Opera — a Sunday of “black operas”.

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