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Pure gold: Lyric Opera's new 'Rheingold' opens the season with vocal splendor

This is the way the world begins. On a darkened stage, lit by a single floor lamp. From the depths of the orchestra emerges the E flat major chord representing the rolling currents of the Rhine River. Life stirs. Three mute supernumeraries representing the Norns, or fates, fearfully deposit a golden...
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