Opera: Helping Haydn

In 1958, rummaging through the Hungarian National Library in Budapest, a young U.S. musicologist named H. C. Robbins Landon unearthed a treasure-trove of eight operas by Franz Joseph Haydn. The scores, written in the master's hand between 1762 and 1780, were in various states of disrepair. Landon set himself to the task of preparing them for production. Last week the Landon-restored Le Pescatrici (The Fisherwomen) opened at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam to critical acclaim: "A score which swarms with pleasing musical finds"; "Some arias and duets are jewels which nobody other than Haydn could have cut."

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