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Alzheimer's opera 'Sky on Swings' opens in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — "Sky on Swings," a 78-minute chamber work about two women declining from Alzheimer's disease, was given its world premiere by Opera Philadelphia for the first night of its season-opening O18 festival.

Frederica von Stade, a celebrated 73-year-old mezzo-soprano, teamed with 59-year-old mezzo Marietta Simpson in the work by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch.

The crowd at the Kimmel Center's 550-seat Perelman Theater gave the cast and creative team a standing ovation.

There are four more performances through Sept. 29.

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