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Listening To Opera For 200 Days Taught This Kansas Citian To Love It

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There Stands the Glass
"Einstein on the Beach" was the 189th opera that music contributor Bill Brownlee binged recently. He writes that the 1976 work by composer Philip Glass transmuted him "into a state of enlightened acquiescence."

"It's just like the Ramones with violins."

Kansas City music reviewer Bill Brownlee usually listens to jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll. But he's taking advantage of the pandemic to listen to an opera a day. We caught up with him on day 200 to find out what spurred him to take on the genre.

You can hear Royal Opera House on Saturdays at 12 p.m. on Classical KC 91.9.

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