Excerpts from a piece I wrote on the role of art, the stigma attached to opera, and the life of COC director Alexander Neef.

"The opera is a place for the audience to form an opinion and draw their own conclusions. No opera is put on to throw ideas onto its audiences laps...

Theatre was invented in Ancient Greece about two-and-a-half-thousand years ago... When they invented theatre, they knew very well that subjects, which are notoriously hard for society to deal with, become, when put in the realm of art, possible to address."

"I grew up in Germany in the 70’s and 80’s. It was a time when music couldn’t be ignored, especially if you were a student. It was integral part of the school curriculum; we’d spend no less than two hours a week studying music for 13 years. It was part of everyone’s upbringing.

My grandfather owned this cassette of Mozart’s operas. I listened to it religiously on Saturday mornings, when I went to visit my grandparents..."

The whole piece is here. Written, as usual for me, through the lens of his eyes.

xo