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Mozart’s Zaide – Wolf Trap Opera Company (2010) – Washington Post

Wolf Trap Opera’s “Zaide,” sci-fi but serious

It was rather brilliant of director James Marvel to find a contemporary equivalent in science fiction. A violation of Mozart? Not at all. Anyone staging it has to do significant creative work to make it theatrically viable. With the sci-fi setting, Marvel found a world as familiar and exotic to his audience as Mozart’s harem was to the 18th-century Viennese.
Marvel, who was so commendably concerned with taking “Zaide” seriously enough to make it into a real piece of theater, figured out a way to make it work.

– Washington Post, June 13, 2010, Anne Midgette

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