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Two Operas, One Stage, One Price in New Orleans

Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune

The double bill is a dinosaur, a relic from a more innocent time, like the doubleheader in baseball, because the world is committed to reminding us, daily, that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch, and oh by the way why don’t you just leave all your money on the table, there’s a good boy, run along now. New Orleans, to its eternal credit, will have none of this. NOLA still knows how to get down. The New Orleans Opera has poached a bunch of dancers from the New Orleans Ballet Theatre and given them all new outfits, and so what’s going to happen this weekend is, first the opera will come out and tear through Leoncavallo’s Pagiliacci, and then they’ll, presumably, take a break, and then the opera and the dancers and a chorus will all get together for a mad, spectacular (this does not speak to quality, just to the term spectacle, although we are sure that it will be quite good indeed) run through Orff’s Carmina Burana. (FULL ARTICLE: Chris Waddington, New Orleans Times-Picayune)