Music: Three Kings

Tall, grey, bony Italo Montemezzi, 65-year-old Italian composer, is a one-good-opera man.* Montemezzi's opera, written in 1913, is L'Amore del Tre Re (The Love of Three Kings). It is a chronicle of ancient tabloid-headline love: a king's wife and a handsome lover; a compassionate husband; a wise, blind, bearded oldster poking about in the background. It is old stuff to sophisticated opera fans, but Montemezzi's surging, glowing score is as Italian as ravioli, and one of the best of its kind since Verdi. Last week Composer Montemezzi made L'Amore del Tre Re an event by dishing it up, with his own...

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