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Too many country house opera festivals give out the message: "Bugger off, proles." For something more inclusive, try Sweden—or Holland Park

By Martin Kettle   September 2007

A model festival

It is a truth widely acknowledged that in summer a music lover ought to make the effort to attend a festival performance somewhere nice and different. But surely it does not have to be in evening dress? When it comes to dressing up, I’m more a peacock than a Gordon Brown. Black tie is fun every now and again. But bib-and-tucker opera carries a cultural message, and that message is getting out of hand. In particular, a proliferation of expensive sub-Glyndebourne country opera houses is creating a whole stratum of summer venues some of which might…

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