https://cewm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/press-10-13-17.gif 411 271 Blake Stanyon https://cewm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CEWM-Logo-Purple-340w.png Blake Stanyon2017-10-13 14:50:002021-03-20 13:27:21Close Encounters with Music Presents “The Politics of Opera” with Author and Scholar Mitchell Cohen Conversations with… Series of Talks Continues with Intimate and Stimulating Conversations About Music and Ideas
OCTOBER 13, 2017 -- 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. Professor of political science at Baruch College and the Graduate School of CUNY, he has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement (London), Les Temps Modernes (Paris), and edited Princeton Readings in Political Thought (1995) and Rebels and Reactionaries: An Anthology of Great Political Stories (1992). Your next night at the opera won’t be the same!