The 2009/2010 tour of the opera After Life, with staged productions in Amsterdam and Lyon, concluded with a semi-staged performance at London’s Barbican Centre. In Amsterdam, De Nederlandse Opera presented a 5-performance revival; Opéra de Lyon produced the work as part of the Lyon Biennale; and at the Barbican it was part of the ‘Present Voices’ series. The nearly sold-out Lyon production in particular attracted a remarkably young audience. The well-attended Barbican production enjoyed massive media attention, from pre-concert publicity to post-concert reviews, eliciting a lively discussion on the essential nature of opera.
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