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In Verdi and/or Wagner, author Peter Conrad evokes the life and times of two titanic composers — and the mythic power of opera itself. FRED COHN talks to Conrad.

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A statue of Wagner in Venice's Giardino Pubblico
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You'll never read anything else quite like Peter Conrad's Verdi and/or Wagner. For one thing, nobody has ever before written a book treating the two composers in tandem. And nobody has ever discussed ...

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Current Issue: December 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 6