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L.A. Opera goes minimal with 'Dido and Aeneas,' 'Bluebeard's Castle'
L.A. Opera goes minimal with 'Dido and Aeneas,' 'Bluebeard's Castle'

When Los Angeles Opera mounted a cinematically inspired production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" last season, audiences marveled at director Barrie Kosky's innovative combination of animation and live performance. Those expecting similar delights in the director's double-bill presentation of "Dido and Aeneas" and "Bluebeard's Castle," opening Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, may want to prepare for chilly postmodern minimalism. With nearly barren sets, stark lighting and little in the way of conventional stage acting, the production serves up a double-scoop of regietheater (German for "director's theater"),...

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