Jo Going

Homer can hear Verdi's opera Jan. 19

Giuseppe Verdi (1831-1901) strides like a giant over the world of opera, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of his contribution to world culture. Equally a great dramatist and a great melodist, Verdi gives us operas that interconnect personal narrative with universal archetypes, masterpieces that split the heart and soul wide open with a longing that binds us to a greater whole.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live at the Met HD production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” shows at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Homer Theatre followed by his “La Traviata” at 6 p.m. March 23.

Can torture ever be justified?

When almost half the population of the United States believes that the torture of prisoners can be justified, I wonder if our citizenship has lost its moral compass.

The biography of William F. Dodd, ambassador to Germany during the time of the Nazi rise to power, cogently clarifies that when the population of a given country accepts and even promotes atrocities, the soul of its people has become shrouded in a pernicious, willful darkness.

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