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Published: 23 January 2013

By Andy Ross

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A Right Royal Opera

On a bright, clear and cold winter morning, our postie (postlady actually) and I stopped for a bit of a chat and a handover of the post. I thought the mail was not very interesting but how wrong could I be!

In the mail was the new Royal Opera House Alternative Spring programme and what an amazing programme it looks. Aside from the Ballet and Dance, there is a contemporary song cycle from Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Kurtag (this links is to one of his pieces on YouTube, Jatekok), a new opera called The Firework-Maker's Daughter based on a Philip Pullman story with music by David Bruce and libretto by Glyn Maxwell, and what looks like a brilliantly cerebral and fun evening with Marcus du Sautoy, mathematician extraordinaire, who will be exploring Mozart's The Magic Flute. To end it all, Gloriana, Benjamin Britten's opera about Queen Elizabeth I, has been revived by Richard Jones. What an brilliant programme to look forward to.