Diary: A real mouthful for a night at the opera

When one thinks of the opera Don Giovanni, a 'coke-fuelled fellatio fest' does not spring to mind.

But that image is exactly what the English National Opera believes will attract audiences to its latest offering of Mozart's masterpiece.

The organisation is using this description, from a damning review of the performance in The Times, to promote the opera to 'culturally inquisitive' clubbers.

Its strategy seems to be that all news is good news. The press release proudly boasts that The Sunday Telegraph called it 'Don Giovanni for yobbos' and The Guardian said it was 'Mozart meets Reservoir Dogs'.

But most space is given to Time Out's florid summary: 'There's boozing, bonking, stabbing, snorting and screwing.' And all above a picture of woman squeezing a man's nipple - which, in a further twist, Transport for London has banned.

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