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The Quotable Ms. Kael on Opera

Here is an unexpected zinger from the late great Pauline Kael on the subject of the day: opera, particularly Mozartean opera.

[I]t is one of the glories of eclectic arts like opera and movies that they include so many possibile kinds and combinations of pleasure.  One may be enthralled by Leontyne Price in La Forza del Destino even if one hasn't boned up on the libretto, or entranced by The Magic Flute even if one has boned up on the libretto . . . .

From the classic (if overlong) "Trash, Art and the Movies" (1969), reprinted in American Movie Critics.


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