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By Ben Hewis
Our deputy editor visits the opera for the first time, despite his anxiety-inducing preconceptions
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The legendary director's new production got a muted critical reception but is a much-needed popular success
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The English-language opera company is serving up some of the capital's most interesting work
Mark Valencia: Trying times for English National Opera
Britain's second opera company is having a bad week, after its departing chairman accused the artistic director of losing £10million