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Hi Infidelity

I'm going on "Soundcheck," the daily music talk show of WNYC radio, this afternoon (Friday) to talk about the theme of infidelity in opera. (The hard part was picking only five clips.) You can listen live (at 2 p.m. Eastern time) or tune in on-line afterwards to hear the show here.

By Anne Midgette  |  July 10, 2009; 1:03 PM ET
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That final aria in "Figaro," where the Count kneels to seek the Countess' pardon for his attempted infidelity, is one of the most sublime moments in opera, IMHO. In fact, one of the most intriguing things about several Mozart operas -- especially "Figaro," "Cosi," and "Don Giovanni" -- is the contrast between the heavenly, almost spiritual nature of the music with the very worldly and earthbound antics of the characters.

Posted by: pgaron | July 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

pgaron's comment reflects an unfortunate inheritance of our culture, the separation of "body" and "soul", as if there could be nothing heavenly about "worldly and earthbound antics". I very much doubt that Mozart identified asceticism and denial with some kind of "spiritual" realm, unsullied by human drives. It is precisely his celebration of humanity, warts and all, that makes Mozart such a great composer.

Posted by: gauthier310 | July 12, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: geddaisgod | July 13, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

“It is precisely his celebration of humanity, warts and all, that [sic] makes Mozart such a great composer.”


I learned in university that the librettists Emanuele Conegliano and Emanuel Schikaneder had something to do with the humanity of Mozart’s operas. Perhaps my professors were wrong.

Another unfortunate inheritance of our culture?

Posted by: snaketime1 | July 14, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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