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27 Nov 2006

In Mozart’s Backyard, a Fraught Rebirth of an Opera House

theater_an_der_wien_eiserne.pngBy ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 26 November 2006]

A soprano opens her mouth to sing an aria and stutters, bringing out little fragments of a beautiful melody. A mezzo coaches a baritone, constantly interrupting to instruct him in proper technique. A tenor, auditioning, opens his mouth and falls silent. “Don’t you have anything that’s not by Mozart?” says the conductor he is auditioning for. “I can’t stand Mozart either,” the tenor says.

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