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The Dictator’s Wife Fairouz

Many large opera companies in the USA now have as part of their regular season a programme for commissioning opera world premieres by young, emerging composers and librettists. The WNO calls theirs American Opera Initiative, now in its fifth season, with the purpose of telling different American experiences through opera

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WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA

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Bloody beginning: the opening scene of The Dictator’s Wife
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