I have been contemplating the writings about Jonathan Miller I posted recently. He imagines himself to be important. Perhaps in his original context he actually is important. But in opera he is quite a distance down the list of who is important.
It's like football. An owner
carefully amasses a roster of outstanding players in the hope that his
team will win. Then he hires a coach to train them. The opera stars are
the players and Jonathan Miller is the coach. If there is a problem, no
one fires the players. For one thing in the world of opera it is the
players who sell the tickets.