I know that I am supposed to be having no fun and just writing all the time, but I confess I did take yesterday evening off to go to the opera -- that is Purcell's The Indian Queen at the Coliseum. (I know that ENO is having a rough time at the moment, but they do put on really tremendous, daring, risky stuff -- like Terry Gilliam's Benvenuto Cellini, and now this). In fact, it turned out not to be so far from my current concerns as I had thought.
To be honest, until about a week ago I didnt realise that Purcell had written any such opera. It is a probably forgiveable piece of ignorance, as he never actually finished it. Well under an hour's worth is all we have.