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A knight at the opera

Edward Pearce enjoyed "The House" and now wants to run Covent Garden

By Edward Pearce   April 1996

Consider the BBC?s television programme, The House: a combination of documentary and soap, it also had some of the qualities of opera. It held us fast, while the bald, aggrandising and imperfectly nice Keith Cooper called on Jeremy Isaacs murmuring that a colleague was not quite on his wavelength: Iago wandering into Die Meistersinger to oil up an over-parted Hans Sachs. But much of The House was The Money Programme. “We can?t do this.” “We?re over budget.” “We need extra for that ramp.” The face of Tessa Blackstone at those board meetings was an art form. (And it seems, since…

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