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Opera in an African village – late director's last dream is about to come true (+video)

September 28, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht

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When director Christoph Schlingschief died of lung cancer last year, the one project he talked of to the last was his dream of creating a centre for opera in the middle of the African continent, in Bukina Faso.

Schlingensief | picture-alliance/dpa

Three of his close friends – directors Amelie Deuflhard, Matthias Lilienthal, and ex-Bundestag vice-president Antje Vollmer – have worked devotedly to make his wish come true. The village opens October 9. Watch the video here.


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