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April 20, 1986

It is hard to believe in this day of enlightenment (?) that any opera review, but specifically the TV opera review of "Elektra," could not contain the name of the opera's composer, Richard Strauss ("Gory Becomes 'Elektra' in PBS Epic Offering," April 11).

Voland was evidently so overcome by the "implied incest and gore galore," the "bloody, scrofulous muck that surrounds and covers the palace's floors and grounds," and feeling "the depravity of these figures" that he could not muster up the strength to write the composer's name in a two-column review.

Poor lamb.

HELENA SUNDGREN

Los Angeles

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