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Il Barbiere di Siviglia, by Gioachino Rossini


Staatsoper Unter den Linden / Berlin / Music

We don’t need a work of art to be perfect. As the literary critic Randall Jarrell, writing about Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself,” said of one section: “There are faults in this passage, and they do not matter.” And yet, sometimes a production comes along that floats beatifically, in a place we call perfection. This jewel-like Barber of Seville, the work of the late director Ruth Berghaus and the designer Achim Freyer, circa 1968, is now 51 years old and still sparkles. Irreplaceable! —L.J.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden Unter den Linden 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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