Politics of Opera

An interesting piece in The New Republic

Yesterday’s cover story in The New York Timesmagazine begins with the story of Valery Gergiev’s decision to conduct a concert in Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, in the aftermath of the Russo-Georgian war. Born in Northern Ossetia, Gergiev, the most dynamic Russian conductor of our times, took the side of Putin’s Russia over the cause of the Georgians. Inevitably, therefore, the author of the article, Arthur Lubow, is led to reflect on the relationship between music and politics.

Those reflections make little or no sense to me. 

The rest is here.

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