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WORK: THE CAVE

CREATORS: STEVE REICH, BERYL KOROT

WHERE: VIENNA FESTIVAL

THE BOTTOM LINE: A composer and a video artist provide a glimpse of what opera might be like in the 21st century.

On one level, the entire Arab-Israeli struggle can be seen as a biblical family tragedy: Abraham's rejection of his concubine Hagar and his first-born son Ishmael in favor of his lawful wife Sarah and their son Isaac. Muslims regard Ishmael (Ismail) as the father of the Arab peoples, while Jews honor Isaac as their progenitor. And both sides claim Abraham (Ibrahim) as their common ancestor.

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