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Paul Daniel's last appearance as the ENO's music director was a triumph under the circumstances. And the ENO forgets the point of performing in the vernacular

By Stephen Everson   August 2005

Cheers and jeers at the ENO

Operatic audiences are hardly unacquainted with productions whose symbolism is head-bangingly obvious, but the final performance of Alban Berg’s Lulu at the English National Opera managed a symbolic value that, for once, was genuinely revealing. For, as has been widely reported, the audience’s acclamation for Paul Daniel at the end of his last appearance as the company’s music director was offset by a descant of equally enthusiastic booing from Ian McKay, ENO’s director of marketing. It was not, of course, that McKay objected to Daniel’s very lyrical approach to the opera, or that he…

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