The ROH Rusalka will prove controversial, I fear. It's a staging from the 2008 Salzburg Festival, so you can read reviews/ see photographs online... the words '1970s bordello' crop up!
Mind you, I reviewed a DVD of Rusalka from Munich which, though musically excellent, was even more controversial, taking inspiration, if that's the right word, from the Josef Fritzl case. http://www.opera-britannia.com/index...3Advd&Itemid=1
I look forward to catching up with The Jacobin on Thursday. I so nearly bought a ticket for Saturday, but ducked out. Mind you, the travel situation coming home would have been a nightmare, I suspect.
Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency....