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If you want the best in West Coast opera, you will have to go to Europe / Los Angeles Times

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How would have Yuval Sharon's bewildering new production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" gone over in Los Angeles? That was the first thing that crossed my mind as I walked out of the opera house and into a Berlin rain on a frigid day in March.

Sharon, the ever disruptive artist-collaborator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and artistic director of the experimental opera company the Industry, has made L.A. the locus for opera reinvention in America and gets national attention for each of his grand experiments. But America's major opera companies presumably view Sharon as a troublemaker, whereas Berlin's most important opera company was willing to entrust this cheeky young American with work that is a national pastime in Germany.
PHOTO: (B. Ulig / La Monnaie)

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