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How Glasgow found an opera hit – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

October 31, 2022

There have been critical cheers across the board – 5 stars in the Times, 4 in the Telegraph – for Scottish Opera’s revival of Osvaldo Golijov’s neglected opera Ainadamar.

It might well be the UK’s best contemporary opera of the year.

But how did it come about?

The hand behind the venture is John Berry’s. John’s fundraising organisation Opera Ventures has previously organised productions of Mark Turnage’s Greek and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking The Waves in Scotland.

John is former chief executive of English National Opera. He has international backers.

ENO is floundering.

John Berry’s independently financed operas are flourishing.

Lessons to be learned?

Not in London, apparently.

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