Music: Opera: Two for the Road

The importing and exporting of opera companies is perhaps the most unlikely growth industry in the world today. Just moving an opera company across town is a money-losing proposition; to transport one across an ocean, lock, stock and spears, is to risk bankruptcy. Yet in 1975 the Metropolitan Opera flew to Japan, and both the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bolshoi Opera visited the U.S. And now, beginning this week, two of Europe's most important opera companies will be mounting productions in the U.S. for the first time. Whatever the outcome of the...

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