Conversion Experience 

If you think italianità is the essential ingredient in the operas of Verdi and the bel cantists, think again. PATRICK DILLON revels in the esoteric appeal of Italian opera à la française.

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Edmond Clément
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Wrong-language opera has delighted me as long as opera itself has. My first schoolboy vocal crush, Maria Callas, had me warbling Lakmé's bell song as "Dov'è l'indiana bruna." ...

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