The Politics of Opera: A History From Monteverdi to Mozart
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $25
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What political backdrops have shaped opera? How has opera conveyed the political ideas of its times?
Mitchell Cohen, the author of The Politics of Opera, takes us on a fascinating journey, from the Renaissance through the turn of the nineteenth century, delving into European history and an array of music by such greats as Lully, Rameau and Mozart. Cohen reveals how politics — through story lines, symbols, harmonies and musical motifs — has played an operatic role both robust and sotto voce.