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T+L Reports: Pitch Perfect

Expect some impressive high notes at the 2005 Munich Opera Festival (49-89/2185-1920; www.muenchner-opern-festspiele.de)—Germany's oldest cultural event, founded in 1875. From June 27 to July 31, over 50 operas, ballets, and orchestral concerts will take the stage at the city's finest performance spaces. Kicking off the ceremonies is contemporary composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus, sung by the Stuttgart State Opera. At the restored 1818 Nationaltheater and the Art Nouveau Prinzregententheater, the Bavarian State Opera will be heard in works ranging from Cavalli's La Calisto to Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. Concept-driven and controversial productions are found in abundance at Munich. Nontraditionalists can catch Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame (set in a run-down post-Soviet Moscow hotel) by David Alden, or Doris Dörrie's Rigoletto, reimagined on the Planet of the Apes.
—LARRY L. LASH

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