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(Birtwistle: The Second Mrs Kong). Ten. ‘The idea of him’—the character from the 1933 film, King Kong. Falls in love with the girl from Vermeer's painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. They meet, but as they are both ‘ideas’, and not real people, their love cannot be fulfilled. Created (1994) by Philip Langridge.

Subjects: Opera.

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