Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

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Viktoria Mullova (www.viktoriamullova.com)

Salzburg, Austria

At the Salzburg Festival, you expect some operas by Mozart, for it’s the boy’s hometown. And the festival is duly staging three Mozart operas this year: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. These are the “Da Ponte operas,” i.e., the ones with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte, a boy so bad he could keep up with his pal Casanova.

There are, of course, other operas on offer, including one by Janáček: The Makropulos Case. This is the opera about the singer who’s more than 300 years old. It is a complicated and talky affair. The stage

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