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These days, some of the most persuasive singers of the French repertoire are not native French speakers. What happened? DAVID J. BAKER listens in.

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Anne Sofie von Otter, the Met's Mélisande in 2005
© Beth Bergman 2014
Massenet's Werther, Vienna, 2005. The characters in this contrarian production wear 1950s clothes, smoke cigarettes, watch television, use breath spray. But the most disconcerting element of the perfo...

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