Una Hale

Warm-toned soprano

OPERA: Seeing is not believing

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The Greek Passion, Royal Opera House, London

Heaven and earth show

RSA makes exit from UK life business in £850m deal

The Royal & SunAlliance insurance group yesterday finalised the sale of its moribund life insurance offshoot, which has been on the block for several months. The buyer is Resolution Life Group, a business newly created with the specific aim of taking over unwanted life operations and floating itself on the stock market.

Fly-posting: here one day, gone the next

Suddenly opera for the people is gloriously in vogue again. Raymond Gubbay's Savoy Operas may have fallen at the first hurdle, but the Royal Opera and the English National Opera press on undaunted. The Royal Opera will be relaying a performance to CenterParcs. The ENO will stage the third act of The Valkyrie at Glastonbury. That will go down a treat because great music will reach a new and enthusiastic audience in a memorable setting. Forget about the tortuous reason in the ENO press release, which says that Glastonbury is the perfect setting for Wagner's legends as the English countryside "resounds with the echoes of Britain's comparable legend of King Arthur".

It isn't over - the fat lady can sing again, says Royal Opera

Directors of the Royal Opera Company, which dropped Deborah Voigt, the American star soprano, because she was too fat, said yesterday they hoped she would perform with the company in the near future.

A Nitro At The Opera, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Much ventured, much gained

Robert Wilson: 'Opera's not just music - it's architecture and light!'

At 61, renowned director Robert Wilson continues to stretch artistic boundaries. Louise Gray meets him on the eve of his Covent Garden debut

Orlando, Royal Opera House, London

Death by symbols
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