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June 18, 2013

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Your anecdote is priceless -- a sleep in fulfillment of the composer's command! I fell asleep in Die Walkurie at the Met -- for only a few moments, it's true, and after four hours or so -- but still the reaction was scarcely what Wagner had in mind. Seventeen curtain calls! Were you counting? I love your Dad's rationale for favoring seats five rings up. DL

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