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Topic - Lorenzo Da Ponte
It was called the "Serene Republic," though in its heyday it was anything but serene. For that matter, once it got going, it was always more of a multinational trading company than a true republic, with most of the shares and the power in the hands of a small, ruthless class of hereditary plutocrats.
The Vienna State Opera's new production of "The Marriage of Figaro" is a treat for those who insist Mozart is all about the music. Not so for audience members looking for a bit of on-stage action.
Now 65 years old, William Christie has been a well-known conductor for more than three decades, one of the proponents of Baroque music. Born in Buffalo and schooled at Harvard and Yale, he has lived in France for many years.
There was so much to like in Monday's new production premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival that it's difficult to know where to start.