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Taking inspiration from opera visionary Gerard Mortier
Taking inspiration from opera visionary Gerard Mortier

Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg Festival. I can think of no one more important than the crafty, brilliant Belgian impresario in making opera a uniquely telling, relevant, contemporary and meaningfully controversial art form in Europe. But it wasn't only Europe and it wasn't only opera in which Mortier's influence has proven pervasive. Although seldom identified as such, his footprints can, in fact, be found all over the cultural life of Los Angeles. ...

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