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Common sense prevails: L.A. County board of supervisors vote support for Wagner fest

You may recall the bit of controversy stirred up by a Los Angeles county supervisor who wanted Los Angeles Opera to downplay the emphasis on Wagner at next spring's 'Ring' festival, because of the composer's anti-Semitic views. (I enjoyed the lively discussion of folks who posted on my blog entry about this, except for the slimy Holocaust-deniers who started chiming in, perhaps while taking a break from denying President Obama's US birth certificate or the landing on the moon 40 years ago.)

Anyway, here's some welcome news:

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — County supervisors have voted to ...

support the Los Angeles Opera's planned festival next year celebrating Richard Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle despite one supervisor's protest over the German composer's anti-Semitic views.

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The Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday in support of a motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky replacing a motion by Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Antonovich wanted to add pieces by other composers to lessen the focus on Wagner because of his anti-Semitic writings. Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell says the supervisor is disappointed at Tuesday's outcome, but intends to work with the opera company to make improvements in the next year.

The opera says the festival, which will spotlight Wagner's four-part cycle, will include seminars and discussions to address Wagner's anti-Semitism.

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