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Today’s hot topic: Ladies’ night at the opera


THE 150-year-old Vienna State Opera is staging its first work by a woman. Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, deals with themes of gender fluidity and duality. 

‘It is a journey of constant questioning of imposed norms by society, and society is made by man,’ Neuwirth said. ‘Each human being is allowed to choose what they feel is inside them. There is no binary role model any more.’

Sounds a belter! And what a shame that a female composer has to sell her music on the back of identity politics – or is she not sufficiently talented to get noticed otherwise? Discuss!

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