Letter: Sir Graham Vick obituary

In 2012 the Birmingham Opera Company and Graham Vick staged the long overdue premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht (1995-97) at the Argyle Works, a former factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.

The opera is in four scenes: the convening of a “world parliament” above the clouds; a competition between 11 instrumentalists; a performance by a string quartet, with each member flying in a separate helicopter; and a meeting of intergalactic delegates electing a new president, during which a Bactrian camel defecates seven planets. To stage just one of these would have been an astonishing achievement. To stage all four – with wit, musicality, invention and dromedaries – was a very considerable feat indeed.

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