The Politics of Opera: A History From Monteverdi to Mozart - 92Y, New York

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The Politics of Opera: A History From Monteverdi to Mozart

Mitchell Cohen

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.

There will be a book signing following this event.

Mitchell Cohen

Mitchell Cohen is professor of political science at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and editor emeritus of Dissent magazine.

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