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How not to do Wagner

By Stephen Everson   April 2004

Waste in the water of the Rhine

“With the opening notes of The Rhinegold – one of the most beautiful and groundbreaking of all musical beginnings – our ‘people’s palace of entertainment and art’ will once again shine as the jewel in the crown of London’s west end.” So declares Se?n Doran, the artistic director of ENO in a message at the start of the programme, adding disarmingly that the furniture company MFI has “chosen to reflect the quality of its product through sponsoring the Ring productions.”

The original plan was to inaugurate the ?41m refurbishment of the Coliseum with…

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