“The Trial at Rouen”: An Opera on St. Joan of Arc

By |2021-01-08T16:34:19-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Christianity, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Music, Opera, Senior Contributors|

The mid-twentieth-century opera, “The Trial at Rouen,” tells the story of the final days of St. Joan of Arc, her imprisonment, and trial for heresy. Composer Norman Dello Joio employs themes of conscience, belief, and spiritual motivation; he makes us think about the consequences of institutional corruption and the power of individuals to rise [...]

The Swan Song of Roger Scruton: “Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption”

By |2020-06-16T15:20:42-05:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Music, Opera, Paul Krause, Richard Wagner, Roger Scruton, Senior Contributors|

In “Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption,” Sir Roger Scruton guides us—like Virgil—through the twisty cosmos of Richard Wagner and leaves us at the gates of paradise. Those who desire a treatment of Wagner’s final opera without the pollution of ideological criticism will find a wonderful breath of fresh air in Scruton’s treatment of [...]

Men and Women as They Are: Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”

By |2020-05-01T10:53:34-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Music, Opera, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The characters in Mozart’s “Figaro” are the furthest thing from mere archetypes. Instead, they are as real and as identifiable as the people around us today, for Mozart was interested in human nature itself, and not the ephemeral and artificial distinctions of class. “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle,” composer [...]

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