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Glimmerglass Festival spotlights opera-musical divide

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 05:50
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Mulligan (left) as John Proctor and Barton as Elizabeth Proctor in the Glimmerglass Festival's production of Robert Ward's The Crucible.

Cooperstown, NY

WHAT'S the difference between an opera and a musical? Theories abound. Some say opera is through-sung while musicals include spoken dialogue (though there are many operas with spoken dialogue; think Carmen). Some say opera is unamplified, while musicals are mic'd (except