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For opera lovers, at last a 'Rake' for L.A., bearded lady and all

For opera lovers, at last a 'Rake' for L.A., bearded lady and all

Today’s opera quiz: Which two major opera librettos feature ladies with beards?

Angelenos should require no clues because by curious coincidence both found their way to local stages Saturday night. Verdi’s “Macbeth,” with its bearded witches, opened Los Angeles Opera’s latest season at the Music Center, while Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” could be found with her frilly white gown and dark patch on her chin in the latest offering from Pacific Opera Project. The POP “Rake” production at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall was repeated Sunday afternoon, making it...

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