And the subsidies

Opera would never be able to survive if it weren’t for massive subsidises. They are a bunch of useless bludgers just like the rest of the arts lobby, expecting other people to pay for their hobby.

Jeans and trainers won’t make the opera more appealing to young people.

Damon Albarn’s Undress at the Opera programme at the ENO is poorly-named – young people are already attracted to opera because it is alluringly glamorous, writes Rupert Christiansen.

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