Music: Robert Graves & Opera

Composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks is a modernist who distrusts twelve-tone music as too coldly intellectual, electronic music as more engineering than art. In her own search for originality, she frequently uses folk rhythms and melodies from India, Spain, Morocco and the Far East, which she fuses into strong compositions. Last week a fine new Glanville-Hicks work, an opera titled Nausicaa, received its premiere at the history-laden Herodes Atticus Theater in Athens. Inspired by Greek folk themes, it had an unusual librettist: Greek Scholar, Author and Poet Robert Graves.

Graves, 66, had never worked on an opera before. But when Composer Glanville-Hicks read his...

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