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Macabre plotting

Chris Smith may have dumbed down somewhat since the days of his Cambridge PhD, but at least he knows who Gyorgy Ligeti is, even if he didn't know the plot of his opera Le Grand Macabre, one of the first productions scheduled for the Royal Opera House on its re-opening. 'It is not a work I am familiar with,' he said at the topping out last week, 'so I checked my reference books for a synopsis. Much of the plot is surreal. Early on the end of the world is predicted and some well-intentioned ...

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