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02 Sep 2008

An Uglified 'Rusalka' in the World's Most Beautiful Town

By JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 25 August 2008]

SALZBURG, Austria — The Cleveland Orchestra is not very often found in an opera pit: They are a symphonic band, occupying the famed Severance Hall. But there they were in the pit of the House for Mozart, here at the Salzburg Festival. They were not playing Mozart: They were playing Dvořák's "Rusalka," the opera about a water nymph who longs to be human, gets her way, and pays a heavy price.

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