“If you’re in a repertoire company maybe somewhere in Germany, this would be a luxury rehearsal period,” says English bass-baritone Darren Jeffery.

In Australia to take on the title role of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchmanfor Melbourne Opera, Jeffery is referring to the four weeks’ rehearsal time he’s been given, compact by any other measure. But, he maintains, there are certain advantages to working this way, chief among them the clarity of focus it necessitates.

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