The British are taking up the tradition of Zeitopern (topical opera) with Peter Maxwell Davies’ new work on student activism. Strangely no mention of another classic of the genre, Helmut Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern about Gudrun Ensslin. By coincidence Lachenmann (along with Berio and Aperghis) can be heard on the radio tonight.