Opera Makes Politics Speak!
by Melissa Wimbish
Some might say that an opera about politics is just combining two really boring things and hoping they’ll cancel each other out. They might be right.
Maybe it’s why I’m so crazy, but I feel like I learned so much about history and politics through opera. If it weren’t for Handel, I would know nothing about Rome. If it weren’t for Mozart, I would be even more naive about scoundrels and sneaky sidekicks. If it weren’t for Robert Ward, the idea of the Salem Witch Trials may have never moved me as much as it did when I saw the opera for the first time and was like…”Oh, I get it now….damn.”