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The world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies and David Pountney's new opera Kommilitonen! seems to have been a triumph. An invited audience (ranging from Lesley Garrett to Simon Callow to a Who's-Who of British opera houses and companies) gave the piece a rapturous reception with a standing ovation for cast, chorus, orchestra, production team, and especially Max himself. It is such a rare and exciting opportunity to be involved in the process of getting an entirely new opera from the dots on the page to this finished product, and it has been a privilege to be involved at such close quarters as chorusmaster and off-stage conductor. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved at every step of the way.