Opera on the frontlines with ‘War and Peace’
09 March 2023 | 1:36 pm
A new production of Sergei Prokofiev's opera "War and Peace" at the Bavarian State Opera is a call for peace. Russian star director Dmitri Tcherniakov sets his staging in the middle of Moscow.
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