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Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers
Long Beach Opera stretches Stravinsky with two makeovers

A complete art form, opera can select from a list of ingredients that includes music, text, theater, visual art, dance, film and, lately, virtual reality and even brain waves. Smell, taste and touch have been experimented with in extreme cases. Recipes vary as to what and how much. In his final opera, "Capriccio," Richard Strauss debated the primacy of words or music. He had a narrow view of opera. Long Beach Opera has a wider view. Sunday night at Terrace Theater it mounted productions of two different versions of Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" (A Soldier's Tale). Neither work is Stravinsky's "Histoire." Nor are "An American...

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