Lincoln Center Festival Opens With Puppet Opera

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The tenth Lincoln Center Festival opens tonight with the New York premiere of Basil Twist's production of Respighi's puppet opera La bella dormente nel bosco and a performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Twist, a puppeteer, has previously brought his versions of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Stravinsky's Petrushka to Lincoln Center. His production of La bella dormente nel bosco ("Sleeping Beauty in the Woods") premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA in May. It is accompanied by Gotham Chamber Opera and the Westminister Festival Choir, conducted by Neal Goren.

The Cunningham company performs the choreographer's Ocean, a collaboration with John Cage that premiered at the 1996 Lincoln Center Festival. The work, which will be seen at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, is performed in the round, with musicians surrounding the audience.

Also on the program for the festival, which runs through July 31, is the U.S. premiere of I La Galigo, a music-theater piece by Robert Wilson based on the Indonesian creation myth; a world premiere by the dance company Shen Wei Dance Arts; and the U.S. premiere of Shadowtime, Brian Ferneyhough's opera about philosopher Walter Benjamin.

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