Position Paper: Verdi, Wagner, Politics and Opera: Bicentennial Ruminations

The Position Paper of Professor Mitchell Cohen who has been visiting Professor at EPoPs during the summer 2012 is available on the following link: http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/FMSH-WP/halshs-00820302

The Position Paper is composed of a series of reflections on some aspects of the relation between politics and opera. It focuses on Verdi and Wagner. This year marks the bicentenary of both composers and Mitchell Cohen, a professor of political science at the City University of New York compares the political ideas in operas (and in other writings) by both composers. Both men are identified with the ideology of nationalism, but their nationalisms were radically different.

Thalia Magioglou

Scientific Responsible of EPoPs