I went to visit rehearsals for The Indian Queen at ENO's West Hampstead studios and found the one and only Peter Sellars, who's directing it, tackling the ongoing situation with hugs.
Substantial interview with him proved fascinating and provocative.
"This is a period of mass intimidation, one where it's no accident that governments are not only cutting the arts but destroying education...They want a frightened, docile population that's easily manipulated – and the arts are about thinking for yourself..."
Read more of it today in the Independent.
Here's more about the music - "A sadness so deep it's life-giving," says Sellars.