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T+L Reports: Bewitching Hours

Two world premieres, plus the first American production of a neglected avant-garde masterpiece, will make this Halloween weekend a headyexperience for opera fans. Hungarian composer György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, written in the 1970's and starring the Grim Reaper-like Nekrotzar, will have a belated U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera (www.sfopera.com) on October 29.That same day, Houston Grand Opera (www.houstongrandopera.org) mounts the premiere of Salsipuedes, by Mexican composer Daniel Catán: the bustling comedy is set on a tropical island during World War II. On October 31, New York City Opera (www.nycopera.com) gives the first performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen and British poet James Fenton's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, adapted from the Salman Rushdie children's book. Expect a tale of enchantment, complete with genies, captive princesses, and talking fish.
—Peter A. Webster

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