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Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
First performed in 1966, Barber's opera wasn't well received by the press, despite having a huge production budget and employing Franco Zeffirelli as director - it was even dropped by the Met Opera after its first performance. The text made use of Shakespeare's language exclusively, until it was revised and performed once more in 1975.
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