Wednesday, April 15, 2009

La Muette de Portici

Minnesota Public Radio is airing a recording of Aubert's La Muette de Portici tonight (as in, right now). The opera appears to be I Vespri Siciliani with the wedding-chapel massacre traded for a mute girl and a player to be named later. The lack of opera-composer qualms about story and music theft is well documented, of course. Cf, Dvorak's unwillingness to produce the Slavonic Dances, which he regarded as blatant theft from his good friend Brahms, and which he only agreed to write with Brahms' approval.

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