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Don Giovanni—with the legendary rake played to perfection by baritone Thomas Hampson—kicks off a cycle of Mozart operas at this year's Salzburg Festival, including The Magic Flute, set in a cosmic circus. The festival's new director, Peter Ruzicka, introduces a series devoted to Austrian composers driven into exile by the Nazis, starting with Alexander Zemlinsky's luxuriant opera Der König Kandaules, written in 1936 but not produced until 1996 because of a notorious nude scene (www.salzburgfestival.com; July 27—August 31). • Having caused a sensation two years ago at Salzburg, Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin (Love from Afar), as staged by maverick director Peter Sellars, has its American premiere at the Santa Fe Opera, starring Dawn Upshaw, Gerald Finley, and Monica Groop (800/280-4654; July 27—August 9). And the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with classical works (including a Brahms festival), world beat (flamenco singer Duquende and sitarist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi), jazz (Dianne Reeves honors Sarah Vaughan), and three premieres by American composers (505/983-2075; July 12—August 19). • In London, Trevor Nunn directs Tom Stoppard's new trilogy The Coast of Utopia, which follows a circle of friends—among them anarchist Mikhail Bakunin and novelist Ivan Turgenev—along their romantic and revolutionary paths (Royal National Theatre; 44-207/452-3231; August 3—10). • Productions of Haydn's operas are so rare as to be an event in themselves. Don't miss Glimmerglass Opera's English-language production of Orlando Paladino, based on Ariosto's romantic epic of love lost and found and lost (Cooperstown, N.Y.; 607/547-2255; July 20—August 24). —Mario R. Mercado

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