Opera: Carry On, Karajan

"I cannot attain a really deep expression of a work," says European Conductor Herbert von Karajan, 58, "when someone stages it who does not see with my eyes, hear with my ears, and have my own heart." Which leaves only one man who can meet Karajan's standards for a director of any opera that he conducts: Karajan himself. And so, for the production of Wagner's Die Walküre last week at Salzburg's new Easter Festival, Karajan had no trouble getting both assignments. After all, the creator, financial wizard and guiding spirit of the entire...

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