At the foot of the Royal Opera House memo instructing singers how and when to appear for curtain calls, a new advisory had appeared in bold lettering.
It reads: Please note: It is House policy to request that singers do not applaud each other onstage. Thank you.
(signed) Emma Turner, Stage Manager
Now why would they do that?
Are they scared that Diva Joyce would ovate one bari-hunk at the expense of another?
Do they fear Mourinho-like bad losers in the backstage?
Has somebody complained to the management?
We really ought to know….