Opera Sighs Won’t Wish You A Happy New Year

opera A man prays to Conscience, represented by a naked man; figur
A man prays to Conscience, represented by a naked man; figures of vice and sadness stand around them; an allegory of the relation of conscience to ill-fortune and vice. Engraving by P. Galle, c. 1563. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Not that we don’t wish you (or anyone) happiness.

Not that we aren’t fond of kitsch and useless, frivolous sentimentality. After all, that’s what opera is all about.

But you know, it’s 2017, and it’s about time we took deconstruction seriously, lest it grows old.

So, to hell with New Years, warm holiday wishes in the wintertime, and other things that are irrelevant to our lives.

Instead, let’s be pious (in an operatic way, though) and focus on our sins. Our societal sins, I mean. Let’s make a dialogue with our conscience. Let’s reconsider why we keep on expecting that one day of a year to make it all better.

Listen what Brecht and Weill had to say about this back then, in the gloomy days of fascism’s blossoming.

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Author: Jelena Ciric

Opera, literature, animals, a touch of politics here and there.

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