Music: Sleeping Beauty

The opera was so old that musicologists are not even sure of its history. The theater was equally ancient. But last week this antique combination made the liveliest show in Sweden. II Maestro di Musica, a broadly farcical opera buffa (a pastiche partly based on a 1737 comic opera by Pietro Auletta), filled the Drottningholm Court Theater, built in 1766 during the reign of Queen Lovisa Ulrika. U.S. and European visitors to Stockholm's talent-packed summer music festival learned at first hand why the Swedes are making a new mark for themselves in opera...

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