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Topic - Thaddeus Strassberger
Sergey Taneyev's opera "Oresteia" is being given its first fully staged American production at this summer's Bard SummerScape Festival in New York.
Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, "Nabucco," is a surprisingly relevant look at political issues — including religious fundamentalism, nation-building, conflict in the Middle East, resistance to foreign occupation, even genocide — that are as critical now as they were in 587 B.C., when the story takes place.
"What happens in the opera house is meant to be a point of discussion for what's happening in contemporary life," he says. "It's not that I have a thesis statement about America's role in foreign wars or our role in occupation. But opera has the power to spark conversation in other areas of life."
"There's something about the life force that Verdi put into the piece that resonates with me," Mr. Strassberger says. "He had this dark period in his life, when he was about to throw in the towel, and to find this well of creativity within you seems against all odds."