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Aspern Papers, Thelocked

  • Virginia Saya

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Opera in two acts by Dominick Argento to his own libretto based on Henry James ’s novella of the same title; Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park, 19 November 1988.

Argento moved the setting of Henry James’s story of conflict between artistic and personal values from Venice to the shores of Lake Como. The fictional 19th-century poet, Jeffrey Aspern, became a composer modelled loosely after Vincenzo Bellini, and the papers sought by a scholar after Aspern’s death were changed from love letters into an opera manuscript suppressed by Aspern’s mistress....

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