As Guardian readers will already be aware, there’s a debate raging within the publication’s pages – both in print and online: a debate inspired by Joe Queenan’s article on the ‘tortuous’ nature of new classical music, and to which ENO’s Artistic Director John Berry has responded.  Given the contraversial nature of Queenan’s argument that new classical music leaves something to be desired, it’s not suprising that a whole host of responses have appeared online, making for some fascinating reading!


Read Joe Queenan’s full article:,,2289751,00.html 

Read John Berry’s full article:,,2290929,00.html

Tom Service’s Blog:  


You can also listen to John Berry and Joe Queenan debate live on air on WNYC radio! 


JOIN THE DEBATE!  What do you think about new classical music?…  



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ENO\'s first ever digital opera guide

Alongside invaluable information about the Autumn Season, this new digital format also enables us to feature fascinating interviews with the cast and creative teams working on upcoming productions, as well as audio clips to give you a taste of the great music in store.

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The Merry Widow Vox Pops

April 28, 2008

Hear what the first night audiences had to say about ENO’s The Merry Widow, at London Coliseum until Friday 30 May.

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