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March 22, 1992 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is a free - lance writer based in New York
One of the most offbeat incidents in American opera occurred a dozen years ago when the city of Chicago hosted the now-defunct annual New Music America Festival and presented a complete performance of Robert Ashley's radically innovative seven-part opera "Perfect Lives." The incident was the unwitting involvement of then-Mayor Jane Byrne.
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March 22, 1992 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is a free - lance writer based in New York
One of the most offbeat incidents in American opera occurred a dozen years ago when the city of Chicago hosted the now-defunct annual New Music America Festival and presented a complete performance of Robert Ashley's radically innovative seven-part opera "Perfect Lives." The incident was the unwitting involvement of then-Mayor Jane Byrne.
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