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Salvaging the Savaged

This summer, Santa Fe Opera presents a new staging of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Last Savage, which was considered an ignominious failure at the time of its Met premiere in 1964. BARRY SINGER looks at the reasons why the opera was dismissed by critics.

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Beni Montresor's Met production of Menotti's opera, with (clockwise from bottom) Peters, Lili Chookasian as Maharanee, London, Nicolai Gedda as Kodanda and Morley Meredith as Scattergoodv
© Eugene Cook 2011
Few operas of the late twentieth century were greeted with greater ridicule than Gian Carlo Menotti's The Last Savage. The French newspaper Le Figaro,in reviewing the work's world premiere in Paris at...

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