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No, I don't think it is the music per se. I think the reason you see more "postmodernist" stagings (and BTW, the Germans have a great word for this, Regieoper, "director's opera," which leaves the modern/postmodern distinction out of it) is that (1) a historically accurate 18th century staging would look very strange to contemporary audiences, since almost ...


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Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors is 46 minutes, according to some random webpage, which might be under Gianni, by a smidgen, since someone mentioned 52 minutes for one particular recording. And Gianni is one of a set of three, which are roughly the same length I believe, though can't find any data. (It doesn't help that the librettist was a young man, ...


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I seem to remember that Mozart's "Bastien und Bastienne" is rather brisk in just a single act, maybe due to the limited attention span of the twelve year old composer.



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