Ottorino Respighi's noisy, lively orchestral tone poems, which make fastidious classical-music fans wince but always delight audiences, are so familiar that they've almost completely overshadowed his substantial career as an opera composer. The Gotham Chamber Opera and the puppeteer-director Basil Twist took a major step toward repairing that oversight with their production for the Lincoln Center Festival of Respighi's early children's opera, originally written for a marionette theater, based on the classic fairy tale that we call... More >>>