Music: Opera in the Countryside

One of the most unlikely settings in the world of opera is a Tudor mansion deep in the English countryside. For more than 40 summers the Glyndebourne Festival has set its own particular standards of impeccable musicianship and demanding dramatic style, displayed in its tiny (795-seat) opera house, like a masque in a princeling's private theater. The current season opened this month with a production of Verdi's Falstaff scaled to human size; Glyndebourne proves to be the perfect setting for the limpid musical economies of the composer's final opera.

American Bass Baritone Donald...

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