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Halka, by Stanislaw Moniuszko

Theater an der Wien / Vienna / Music

Shades of Giselle, minus the undead virginal avengers known as the Wilis. Seduced and abandoned, a lass from the highlands throws herself into a river—after what amounts to a four-act mad scene. Often singled out as the Polish national opera, Halka dishes up lots of infectious native melody within a framework that is essentially Italianate. Rarely mounted abroad, the opera is in the hands of a largely Polish production team and cast. Yet the heroine is the versatile Corinne Winters, a polyglot American. —M.G.

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