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Composer: Albarn, Damon (b. 1968)

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Year of birth1968
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Monkey: A problematic adventure at Lincoln Center Festival

Heavenly Peach Banquet scene with Wang Lu as Monkey from the Lincoln Center Festival presentation of ©  Stephanie Berger
I must confess: when the press release for the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival came out earlier this spring including an grand spectacle that is Monkey: Journey to the West, a multimedia operatic endeavor with music penned by Damon Albarn, I was immediately excited.
**111
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Dr Dee at ENO

Paul Hilton and Christopher Robson  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
Fact is, they say, stranger than fiction. Damon Albarn’s latest foray onto the operatic stage certainly makes strange the true-life story of Elizabethan intellectual and philosopher John Dee.
***11
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