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Refining Gold

Adventurous Opera Boston revives Hindemith's neglected masterpiece Cardillac, a dark allegory of the artist in society. PHILIP KENNICOTT muses on the work's place in history.

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Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s 2010 Wiener Staatsoper staging of Cardillac, with Herbert Lippert (the Officer) and Juha Uusitalo (Cardillac)
© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH/Michael Pöhn 2011
A curious mix of bad luck and bad timing has haunted Paul Hindemith's Cardillac. The fraught history of the opera began with the timing of its 1926 premiere. It was fortunate to arrive during a brief,...

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