Innocence, Royal Opera, April 2023

A school shooting reverberates ten years later when one of the plotters is about to get married. His bride has no idea her husband-to-be is the brother of the teenager who shot ten students and one teacher. But one waitress, Tereza at the wedding reception knows very well. After working abroad she is drafted in at the last minute and horrified to see that the bride’s family knows nothing of the dark history. The groom was hardly innocent as he, his brother and another student (Iris) planned the whole thing, but in the course of the opera Iris reveals that it was inspired as a reaction against bullying. See my review in The Article.

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