Music: Infertility Rites

Few plays seem to provide such promising operatic material as the dark and intense verse dramas of Spain's Federico Garcia Lorca. Blood Wedding has been made into an opera at least four times, and in the early 1950s the noted Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was commissioned to transform Yerma into an opera. He finished it in 1955, but died before it could be produced.

In 1958 Stage Director Basil Langton learned of the Villa-Lobos score, secured the rights and determined to produce it in the original Spanish. It took him 13 years, but last...

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