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Conversations With…The Politics of Opera 

When: Sun., Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m.
Phone: (800) 843-0778
Email: cewmusic@aol.com
Price: $20 includes light refreshment
www.cewm.org/conversations.html
To what extent do operas express the political and cultural ideas of their age? How do story lines, harmonies and musical motifs reflect the composer's view of the changing relations among art, politics, and society? Mitchell Cohen, who combines his academic expertise in political science and lifelong interest in the spectacle of opera in his new book (The Politics of Opera—A History from Monteverdi to Mozart, Princeton Press), will underscore the political dimensions of libretti and ideological elements of opera, which absorbs and mirrors currents of the day in dramatic dress-up.
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