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Private sector commercial musicals, such as Chicago, thrive while public sector opera is in crisis. But the latter has a lot in common with the former

By Herb Greer   January 1998

Oy gevalt, the Brits! Where else but on this island would an ex-minister moan in print about snobbery excluding him from the crush bar and the cold chicken at the opera? Thus Gerald Kaufman in the Spectator inadvertently cast a cloud over that devastating report on Covent Garden spending. As an American enjoying Covent Garden, I am afraid the drink and the snacks and the occasional hooray Henry in the crush bar pass me by; it is the (usually excellent) music and dance that matter. Reading Kaufman’s moan, I could not help but wonder if the committee’s criticism was poisoned…

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