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How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry
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How do opera and philosophy intersect? At first glance, this might seem like a strange question, for opera and philosophy are unlikely bedfellows. To speak of philosophy conjures up images of dry abstraction and bookish head-scratching, whereas to talk of opera is to call to mind cacophonous spectacles of colours and voices, of multitudinous audiences enthralled by impassioned song. Such a stereotype is certainly prevalent, as can be seen in a 2008 spat between two British newspapers. 0n 23 July, the tabloid newspaper The Sun launched an offer whereby all 2268 tickets for the opening night of the Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte) were offered to Sun readers from as little as £7.50 (approximately $12). The offer was quickly criticised by The Sun’s broadsheet rival The Guardian, which claimed that the promotion “smacked of desperation” on the part of the Royal Opera House. On 30 July, the Sun fought back against The Guardian’s. . .

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