Mozart, Mountains and Mayhem….
The student singers at the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer rendered the finale of Mozart’s “Nozze di Figaro” touchingly: “Pace, pace,” Figaro and Susanna sang: “Peace, peace.” The repentant Count pleaded, “Forgive me.” The Countess responded, “My answer is yes.”
It is one of the greatest, most moving reconciliation scenes in opera, conveying a lesson lost on the real-life characters of the festival high in the Rocky Mountains.
For more than a year bitter disputes involving the musicians, board members and management have festered, leading to a dizzying series of events at one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals and training grounds. Get more from New York Times writer Daniel J. Wakin at: www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/arts/music/15festival.html