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WikiLeaks at the Opera: What Chelsea Manning-inspired music says about government secrets

WikiLeaks at the Opera: What Chelsea Manning-inspired music says about government secrets

After watching Wednesday’s dispiriting presidential debate at my desk at The Times, I walked up Bunker Hill to REDCAT to see what Los Angeles Opera had to say about an essential topic not fully explored: How the candidates will deal with the Information Age.

What does any of this have to do with opera? In composer Ted Hearne’s startlingly important “The Source,” receiving its West Coast premiere as part of L.A. Opera’s “Off Grand” series of experimental work, the answer is everything. For instance, Chris Wallace did not ask, as “The Source” does outright: “Do you feel any state — any government —...

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