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Jeff Abell

We have been subjected to this work here in Chicago as well, with Dame Fleming as the star (Previn basically wrote it for her). It fails as both music and drama to my ear. Do not get it at all. There are so many 20th century operas malingering out there that could really benefit from revival: I like Jack Beeson's Lizzie Borden, and Marc Blitzstein's Regina (based on Hellman's The Little Foxes), to say nothing of the Thomson/Stein operas. Previn's fame and Fleming's advocacy are the only things this work has going for it.

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