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Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Reviews | 0 comments

Mozart, Mountains and Mayhem….

Mozart, Mountains and Mayhem….

Paul Kantor with student at the Aspen Music Festival

Paul Kantor with student at the Aspen Music Festival

The student singers at the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer rendered the finale of Mozart’s “Nozze di Figaro” touchingly: “Pace, pace,” Figaro and Susanna sang: “Peace, peace.” The repentant Count pleaded, “Forgive me.” The Countess responded, “My answer is yes.”

It is one of the greatest, most moving reconciliation scenes in opera, conveying a lesson lost on the real-life characters of the festival high in the Rocky Mountains.

For more than a year bitter disputes involving the musicians, board members and management have festered, leading to a dizzying series of events at one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals and training grounds. Get more from New York Times writer Daniel J. Wakin at: www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/arts/music/15festival.html

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