Arias for the Anthropocene? In a new opera inspired by environmental catastrophe, the Anthropocene is not just the geological epoch that bears our grubby fingerprints; it is also the name of an Arctic research ship that becomes trapped in ice and uncovers a mystery. Reviewer Patrick Goymer, chief editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution, lauds the music but questions the depth of enquiry offered by the tale. (1)
Art in the service of science.
In the old days science used to be irrational.
Mixed with religion, it saw the cosmos as a whole.
Now we have rational science.
And we try to also draw art into the abyss of logic as well.
But you cannot see the cosmos through a clear window.
Because the cosmos is not outside.
And the more you see, the less you pay attention to the essence of the world.
Listen to the 9th of Beethoven.
Can’t you feel it?
No, you do not like it because of what you hear…