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<small>Tony Pappano</small> Opera House may stage musicals
from the BBC website
The Royal Opera House could stage musicals, its new artistic director has said.
Tony Pappano, who at 42 is the youngest person ever to have taken up the post, said he was also considering using "enhanced sound", or amplification.
"I'm a big fan of musicals. I think it's our job to expand the vistas of what is and is not musical theatre," he told BBC News Online.
The Royal Opera House has come in for criticism in the past for being too élitist and charging too much for tickets, a perception the current regime is trying to correct.
Pappano says he wants to build a "house style" at the Royal Opera
The conductor, who spent 10 years at the helm of the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, said he was anxious to break down psychological barriers to opera appreciation. click for more Stuart adds
: I hope it's not too long before an interview with Pappano at least mentions ballet.