Music: Ante Bellum Aida

That supreme musical watercolorist of English post-Romanticism, Frederick Delius, is known best today for such delicately tinted orchestral tableaux as Brigg Fair, Over the Hills and Far Away and On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. Last week at the Opera Society of Washington, his opera Koanga made it clear that Delius. who died in 1934, could also be effective with strong colors on a broad canvas.

A voodoo Aida of sorts, Koanga is set in the ante helium South and tells the story of an African prince (Koanga, also a voodoo priest) sold into slavery on a plantation. He falls in...

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