François Matarasso – A Restless Art – There is another way (A guest post by Richard Willacy, General Director, Birmingham Opera Company)

I’m arriving at a foyer buzzing with excitement; youth, experience, love, pride, selfies, chat, insta, a full house. Hundreds thrill thousands.

I’m placing my mobile phone in a small locker in a ranchlike entrance before I walk through a metal detector flanked by guards ahead of 150 guests.

I’m standing sock footed on a round mat in an upstairs room wearing a virtual reality headset alongside another 10 or so people.

Where am I? It’s 2022 and I’m at the opera of course.

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