As 10,000 watch, opera giants battle to draw

June 30, 2013 • Entertainment

An actor performs on a giant illuminated puppet during an open air event in front of the Munich opera, southern Germany, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Munich celebrates the 200. birthday of composers Richard Wagner and Guiseppe Verdi. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — It’s a question that has long prompted heated arguments among devoted opera fans: Who was the greater composer, Richard Wagner or Giuseppe Verdi?

Both were born exactly 200 years ago, and so in this year of their bicentennials, the Bavarian State Opera decided to settle the question once and for all. Sort of.

Even though the two men never met in real life, Login to read more

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