Arnold Schoenberg/Leos Jancek by ProQuest

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In the early twentieth century, opera underwent a sea change as the dissonant strands of musical modernism and the burgeoning ideas of psychology began to drift onto the stage. The resulting severity of the staging, costume design, and lighting pulls the viewer's attention to the words and forces one to choose between Moses's direction of faith and singularity outside of culture and Aron's path toward assimilation, which ultimately, according to this production, leads to death.

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