Antonio Pappano: Opera is not for young audiences

From my Spectator interview with the music director of the Royal Opera House:

…. He has his own view on who the audience should be. ‘In this country,’ says Antonio Pappano, ‘I’ve observed that despite all our talk of wanting to bring in younger audiences, opera is something that you come to… later. Younger people tend to be restless. We’re asking them to sit sometimes for five hours on end. I’m comfortable with classical music, in general, that you come to it later in life.’

More here.

Discuss.