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Subject: Re: Turandot
From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:29:56 -0500

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I find these postings odd. All of opera, from Monteverdi on, has themes of lust in 
association with bad or oppressive governance. Injustice is just as central to opera 
plots as is love and passion. Americans (I being one) have routinely taken all this 
political stuff as "background" but it was not "background" when the opera was 

I would think that disturbing images of red-cap-wearing supporters of our current 
President cheering whatever their despotic leader says might have some resonance 
with those fickle choruses demanding the head of someone or other. I was 
dumbfounded that most here had no idea why the chorus in the Bayreuth 
Lohengrin were wearing mice suits. They cheer a leader and, five minutes later, are 
cheering another with an entirely different and more deadly program. Germany, of 
course, is still only a generation or two away from a very bad period in their 
history and might be more sensitive than most. But if any American has missed 
the lesson of how a dangerous force can take over what was thought to be a stable 
political system, they are living in a cocoon.

Frank Cadenhead

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