Music: Outdoor AIdas

Outdoor Aïdas

Summer operagoers are informal, easygoing. For them there should be staple fare, easy to look at as well as listen to. All the better if the impresario can jumble onto his stage spear-carriers, dancing girls, supernumeraries by the score. If possible, let there be animals! Could there be camels in Carmen? Elephants in Pelleas et Melisande? Hardly. Of all operatic staples, Aïda does best outdoors. Consequently, Aïda's familiar tunes ring sweetly every summer in many a U. S. stadium. Biggest and most pompous ever was Cleveland's last summer, in which more than...

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