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War of Words as ENO introduces surtitles

Some superb examples of operatic cattyness in yesterday's Guardian, over the rights and wrongs of ENOs decision to finally succumb to surtitles for English-language operas.

"Surtitles are," said David Pountney, "a celluloid condom inserted between the audience and the immediate gratification of understanding."

Director Graham Vick, who once threatened to bomb the colliseum should they introduce surtitles said:

"...they've put a bomb under it themselves. It's saying 'What we are doing is pointless'."

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