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12 Sep 2007

A slave tale fails to break free

luck_tracie.pngBy Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 12 September 2007]

The summer doldrums in New York have drawn to a merciful close, and so we begin again. The first stirrings of significant musical activity emanate, as usual, from the New York City Opera, which prides itself on playing David to the Goliath of the Met, still dormant next door.

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