Much fuss has been made around Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando as being the first opera composed by a woman to be staged at the Vienna State Opera.
The house shop is busily selling this children’s opera, also by a woman composer.
That caveat aside, how was last night’s world premiere?
Our chap in the stalls says it went, over two and a half hours, from ‘spectacularly irritating’ to a ‘frankly irritating’ female lecture. But then he’s a chap.
The only reviews out so far, in Kurier, reports that is ends in platitudes but the applause was ‘surprisingly benevolent’.