OPINIONS: Are you an opera fan?
Sunday 30 July 1995
JOAN BAKEWELL, television presenter: I've been a fan all my life. Opera combines drama, music, visual arts, dance, it's the total experience - it's sublime. The Royal Opera House needed the money because backstage conditions were the disgrace of opera houses in Europe. I don't think we want a flagship institution to be held in disrepute by the Pavarottis and Domingos of this world.
TOM AINGER, manager, the Hanover Band: I'm an opera fan; it's not that expensive if you queue on the morning of the performance. Everybody's judgement has been clouded over the pounds 55m - I watched a programme about it last night and people just wouldn't listen to the fact that the small charities will not miss out. Also, people haven't picked up on the fact that the pounds 55m isn't going into rich people's pockets, but to surveyors, architects and builders being employed over a period of years to develop the place.
TIM MORE, estate agent: I think they should give the money to charity rather than the arts. Why the arts, anyway, why not the sciences?
BRIAN PATTEN, poet: It's obscene to spend pounds 55m on the elite's pet dinosaur when there are brilliant young companies like Opera Factory struggling to commission and perform new works for a new audience.
GARRY BUSHELL, television critic: I've been thinking about taking opera lessons - I've got the build for Pavarotti already, if I can just get the voice right I'll be quids in. I like the heavy stuff like Wagner, but I'd rather see Aerosmith.
ANGELA HOMER, fashion design consultant: I've never actually been to an opera.
Life & Style blogs
Hayfever pills and sleeping aids can 'significantly increase' risk of Alzheimer’s, says US study
Hershey's angers US chocolate purists by forcing company to stop importing 'yummy' Cadbury bars
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
SAG Awards 2015: Best and worst gowns on the red carpet
Nike Back to the Future style self-lacing shoes 'will arrive in 2015'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Narendra Modi: Indian Prime Minister wears suit with pinstripes that spell his name to meet Barack Obama
£38000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's best performing...
£35000 - £43000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our award-winning client is one...
£15000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Atlas ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Opportunity to join established...