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Jul 15, 2023Liked by Victoria Munro

Thank you for a thought provoking article. It reminded me of the Oliver Mears piece last year about whether opera can address predudice without cancelling it - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jun/14/oliver-mears-beyond-black-and-yellowface-opera-prejudice-madama-butterfly

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Jul 15, 2023Liked by Victoria Munro

A good thoughtful article

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Jul 21, 2023Liked by Victoria Munro

I really enjoyed reading this, it's a questionable decision to put the production on and I thought it was explored well.

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A well written interesting article making important points powerfully, but, as a review of a musical, had nothing to say about this production's qualities as a musical.

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It's interesting isn't it. I don't know the story but is racism integral to it or is it just that its set elsewhere? If it was set in England with English characters woukd it be racist? I guess I'm saying does it paint all Vietnamese people as somehow bad or is it just that the main characters were flawed and happened to be Vietnamese? It sounds like the producers have done what they can and at the end of the day free speech x public reception should win the day. If it tanks it was probably ill judged, if it does well, well we all have a right to our opinions. Shame that that other company couldn't engage with them to 'make it better'. That's diplomacy isn't it?

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Er....please excuse me for asking, but is the music any good?

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