Music: Salzburg Sleeper

It's hard to argue with Mozart, but in effect that is what festival devotees have been doing at Salzburg lately. Not that the Mozart—or the Tchaikovsky or Haydn, for that matter—has been poor; indeed, Herbert von Karajan's new production of Don Giovanni this year was brilliant. But critics complained that the festival too often failed to go beyond the familiar to the unusual or daring. Last week Salzburg's directors replied with a sleeper production of an opera so obscure that it lives almost exclusively in the history books: Emilio de' Cavalieri's 1598 Rappresentazione...

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