Premiered at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on April 15, 2008, and revived during 2013. Cast includes Christine Rice, John Tomlinson, Andrew Watts and Johan Reuter; directed by Stephen Langridge.

When I interviewed Tony Pappano, he had the score of The Minotaur on his desk (some months before the premiere) and he was full of praise for the music, mentioning its through-composed focus and concentration.

Rehearsal for the 2013 revival, Ryan Wigglesworth replacing a tennis-elbow-suffering Pappano.

Bewildered by Birtwistle’s music?