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Rekindling Miss Havisham's Fire

Miss Havisham's Fire, Dominick Argento's operatic take on Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations, had a troubled first run at New York City Opera in 1979. This month, the composer's revision of Havisham is unveiled at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. WILLIAM R. BRAUN reports.

hen Dominick Argento set about writing a new opera for Beverly Sills, she was at the absolute peak of her fame. Her belated Metropolitan Opera debut had been front-page news, and she was about to a...

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