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L'Opéra des Opéras - Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano); Katherine Watson (soprano); Reinoud Van Mechelen (haute contre vocal);...
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  1. L'Opéra des Opéras, pastiche opera
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L'Opéra des Opéras is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of arias fitted together into a little opera, complete with airs, choruses, and an overture and instrumental interludes. The practice is well-documented for 18th-century opera productions in various countries, and no less a figure than Handel undertook it several times. Cynics might say that these productions show how generic opera plots of the period could be: here you have a handsome prince, a charming princess, and a wicked witch who schemes to disrupt their ...