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Subject: Re: Psychiatry in Opera
From: Philip Stevens <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Philip Stevens <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 Mar 1997 07:16:56 +0000
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An overlooked one: Penderecki's 1969 opera DIE TEUFEL VON LOUDUN.  The
Ursuline Prioress Jeanne accuses the "hero", the priest Urbain Grandier, of
seducing her.  As a result, Grandier is tortured and burnt at the stake.
Grandier has never met her, while she, infatuated with him from his
reputation as a rake, is suffering from sexual hysteria bordering on
madness.  All based on a true event in the early 1630s, popularised by
Aldous Huxley in his 1952 novel "The Devils of Loudun", and the 1961 play
"The Devils" by John Whiting.
Joanne and Phil Stevens, Ottawa, Canada
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