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12 Dec 2007

War and Peace, Metropolitan Opera, New York

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/50a04e12-a8cd-11dc-ad9e-0000779fd2ac.html

By Martin Bernheimer [Financial Times, 12 December 2007]

Nothing exceeds likes excess. The Mariinsky version of Prokofiev’s wild and sometimes wonderful War and Peace, which returned to the Met on Monday after a five-year lapse, boasts a cast that would make any statistician delirious. Called to duty for this 4¼-hour marathon were 52 soloists, 118 choristers, 41 dancers and 227 supernumeraries, not to mention a horse, a dog, a goat and four chickens. Somehow, I missed the chickens.

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