Theresa May faces Magic Flute

Theresa May faces Magic Flute


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2018

We think she is the first British prime minister to attend the Salzburg Festival since Margaret Thatcher, albeit strictly in the line of Brexit duty.

May’s arch-enemies George Osborne and Michael Gove, devout Wagnerians both, were at Bayreuth.



  • Jonathan Z says:

    Norman if your “strictly in the line of duty” comment is supposed to imply that Mr and Mrs May don’t like opera, this is not the case. I have it on good authority that they often attend at The Grange, especially for Mozart and that the Magic Flute is their favourite opera.

  • David McBay says:

    Not sure how Osborne can currently be described as May’s arch-enemy. Both are devoted remainers doing their best to undermine the will of the people despite pretending to respect the outcome of the referendum.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Er….Gove is a “leaver” while Osbourne is a remainer. It is well known the Osbourne loathes May. I haven’t heard this said about Gove. While May originally sacked Gove from the cabinet when she became Prime-Minister, she reinstated him when she failed to win the election, and now seems to see Gove as an effective minister (which he is, even if you disagree politically). And the main hope for selling the “temporary pause extending the timeframe while we try to make a deal with Europe” to the Conservative Party.

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    But WHOSE Magic Flute is she facing, and is it her first one?

  • Rob says:

    Did they pay for their tickets?

    • John Borstlap says:

      My fly on the wall informed me that the tickets were part of the brexit negotiations. The European Commission invited her to Salzburg and paid for the tickets (including interval consumptions), hoping that she might find better ways to undergo the ordeals that will lead to enlightenment.