Well done, Thomas!

Thomas Hampson appeared on the BBC TV programme ‘HARDtalk’ on 29th July. I wonder if he knew what he’d let himself into? The interviewer,┬áSarah Montague, is in the Jeremy Paxman mould, by which I mean she adopts an aggressive, confrontational attitude from the very outset, bandying about opinionated and emotive phrases about opera and its supposed elitism and so on. She also uses the old reliable technique of this type of interviewer by asking a question and then not allowing here interviewee a chance to answer it before she interrupts and talks over him.

But Thomas counters very effectively. Watch the video. See what you think.

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