p.s. And apologies (Durob) for being so off-topic. Bad form I know, but I hope that musical enthusiasm (and encouragement) will be forgiven across topic strands.
Absoultely John, no bother at all, it´s all about music at the end of the day. I´ll have a new composer for you all tomorrow.
After watching the Freischutz Hamburg dvd a second time I have more sympathy with its denigraters. I like many of the stage effects and the acting is good, but for the most part it has been turned into a farce and there has to be much more to it than this. As much as I disagree with the Singing Museum approach to opera there's no doubt that some producers and directors get a bit narcissistic trying to showcase their ideas and improve on tradition.