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Article: 'Fiery' Impresario Makes Himself Heard

  • by Suzanne Brown — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: The Age, 25 May 1999, pp.15
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I feel like I have just punctured a boil. Only 15 minutes into conversation with the charismatic composer/conductor Richard Mills and already he has released a torrent of frustration. Everything is copping a serve, from economic rationalism and arena productions, to CD distribution and our inability to listen.

It's a formidable sight, this ``fiery'' (his description) 50-year-old, with cropped hair and salt-and-pepper beard, pacing his kitchen in camouflage pants.

Opera Australia chairman Graeme Samuel has raised his ire, because he considers Samuel implied that state opera companies were parochial in a recent article in The Age. Mills, passionate artistic director of the ...


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