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Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in The Voice Box | 1 comment

Opera Makes Politics Speak!

Queen of the Night appears pissed that she didn’t make the list.

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 moreĀ naiveĀ 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.”

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1 Comment

  1. My favorite politically-informative opera is Fidelio. It was dangerous for Beethoven when first performed and in a good production still brings forth the problems of demagoguery and the possibilities of truly heroic action from an unlikely heroine.

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