Music: Gold Medal in Dallas

"You are all singing divinely and acting perfectly," said Stage Manager Franco Zeffirelli during intermission. "You are an Olympic team." Zeffirelli's pep talk was directed to the six-member cast of Handel's Alcina, brilliantly presented last week by the Dallas Civic Opera. The occasion was remarkable not only because it again displayed the Dallas Opera to be one of the most enterprising in the country (despite its short, three-week season) or because the production of the all but forgotten Handel work showed a nice Texas feeling for musical antiques. Above all, the evening served to frame the long-awaited...

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