An Arts entrepreneur, who has brought the Bolshoi to London in the past talks frankly, as always: Raymond Gubbay: Populist showman who likes the sound of success
By Simon Tait for The Independent
The origins of the great war between Raymond Gubbay, showman of operatic production, and the publicly-financed opera establishment can be traced to his lavish and disastrous Wembley Arena production of Turandot in 1991.
That opening night was festive, even if two-thirds of the 8,000 seats were empty, and he still smiles wryly at the crassness of having a champagne bar insisted on by the Royal Opera marketing department next to the one selling the more familiar Wembley fare of crisps and lager. Full article only available to subscribers now click for more
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