How to make a sustainable opera

How to make a sustainable opera


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2020

England’s Opera North announced its new season today.

Among the fine offerings is a new Alcina directed by Tim Albery which will also be our first sustainable production, using only recycled, re-used and second hand materials in its set, props and costumes.

Isn’t that what car delaers call ‘pre-loved’?


  • csm says:

    i think it’s great, but we all know that not opera houses but big companies should do this

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Also being done at Glyndebourne, perhaps more expensively.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Ironically, most of the operas being performed everywhere consist of sustainable, recycled, reused music. And some of them use secondhand music.

  • Una says:

    Reardless of the recycling, a fantastic 20/21 programme just announced for Opera North. Omething for everyone, and particularly for those for whom any opera is the first time. Will be bringing folk to Traviata for sure – as I once did woth 38 to ENO’s Traviata. Ooera North is a wonderful company in Leeds, only £103 to see all the productions from the balcony, where I sit and hear everything too. Pay more if you want.