Much the same audience response greeted Peter Stein's spectacular production of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa presented by Opera National de Lyon. This was opera as it used to be and should be, some would argue. Presented exactly as the composer intended, it was historical opera with political overtones. Set among Ukrainian nationalists seeking separation from the oppression of Russia's Peter the Great, it tells the unlikely and tragic love story of the historical figure, Mazeppa, his betrayal of those around him, and his participation in the political violence of the time.
So nice not to be reading about manufactured Ukrainian "separatists" rebelling against "Cossack landowners"!
From the article: Making beautiful music together in Glasgow's Sunday Herald
There's another in the Times Online worth reading.