Mark Anthony Turnage, unhappy at some of the reviews for his latest opera Coraline, says he will write no more.
He tweeted the decision, perhaps sardonically, to the Sunday Times critic Hugh Canning:
Don’t worry Hugh. There will be no further operas by me that you will ever have to sit through again. I’m done with the genre. Going to leave it my more talented contemporaries and younger colleagues. I
— Mark-Anthony Turnage (@TurnageTime) April 7, 2018
Hugh rose to the bait:
I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve been a big fan of your earlier pieces. Can I suggest a few cuts in Act 1 & a sprinkling of fairy-dust on the orchestration? 😈
— Hugh Canning (@hugh_canning) April 7, 2018
Cue for a mini-Twitter storm… read for yourselves by scrolling down the above exchange.