But the highlight of the evening was the climactic dream sequence in which Mr. Balacon as Hayek confronts arch-nemesis Karl Marx, ably sung by the Romanian bass, Robertu Popescu, in a debate arranged by the Gnomes of Zurich. Unable to refute Hayek’s theory on the inter-relations of non-permanent production goods and latent economic resources, Marx hurls himself into the Rhine and the principals and chorus burst into the exultant oratorio, “Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead.”

I’d go see an opera about the life of Friederich Hayek.


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