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Baltimore Concert Opera provides rare, welcome encounter with Puccini's 'Edgar'

Baltimore Concert Opera provides rare, welcome encounter with Puccini's 'Edgar'

One of my favorite Woody Allen movies may offer a way to rescue Puccini's "Edgar" from neglect, even scorn. Stay with me here.

In "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" Allen took a James Bond-inspired Japanese film from 1965 and dubbed in his own dialogue with a completely new plot. The result was that the oh-so-suave spy and oh-so-tough villains on the screen were now fighting over — wait for it — an egg salad recipe.

So what does this have to do with "Edgar," given a rare and welcome presentation over the weekend by Baltimore Concert Opera?

Puccini's second opera has a lot of attractive, even quite...

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