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01 Jun 2006

This Time, the Elephant Man Sings

walker_david.jpgBy HEIDI WALESON [Wall Street Journal, 31 May 2006]

St. Paul, Minn.

The recent vogue for Handel operas -- for example, nine were performed by U.S. opera companies last season, compared with none 15 years ago -- has fueled the emergence of a generation of countertenors, high-voiced men who take on the heroic male roles originally written for castrati. Non-Baroque roles for these singers are few, but the Minnesota Opera came up with one in its most recent production, "Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man" by Laurent Petitgirard.

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