In Mozartís Backyard, a Fraught Rebirth of an Opera House

theater_an_der_wien_eiserne.pngBy ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 26 November 2006]
A soprano opens her mouth to sing an aria and stutters, bringing out little fragments of a beautiful melody. A mezzo coaches a baritone, constantly interrupting to instruct him in proper technique. A tenor, auditioning, opens his mouth and falls silent. ìDonít you have anything thatís not by Mozart?î says the conductor he is auditioning for. ìI canít stand Mozart either,î the tenor says.