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Rehearsal for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Photos by Jonathan Tichler / MetOpera
 Maxfield Parrish, "The Lantern Bearers" (1908), oil on canvas mounted on board.

On View: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

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Madama Butterfly

Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly, Metropolitan Opera, New York City,
October 11, 2019 - April 11, 2020. 

"Puccini achieved a new level of sophistication with his use of the orchestra in this score, with subtle colorings and sonorities throughout. But the opera rests squarely on the performer of the title role: On stage for most of the time, Cio-Cio-San is the only character that experiences true (and tragic) development. The singer must convey an astounding array of emotions and characteristics, from ethereal to fleshly to intelligent to dreamy-bordering-on-insane, to resigned in the final scene."

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Mathematics as a Cultural Force

Historian Amir Alexander on Euclidean geometry’s far-reaching effects.

In his new book, Proof!: How the World Became Geometrical, historian Amir Alexander advances an audacious claim: that Euclidean geometry profoundly influenced not just the history of mathematics, but also broader sociopolitical reality. In prose that makes his passion for the material both clear and catching, he describes how Euclid’s Elements present a vision of a perfectly rational order, but one that was viewed as purely theoretical: There was no place for geometrical ideals in messy reality. In the 1400s, Leon Battista Alberti, an Italian polymath, upended that understanding, countering that the world was, in fact, fundamentally geometrical. Other thinkers, from Copernicus to Galileo, followed. And, as Alexander argues, this sea change had profound implications: If the world was geometrical—not only rational, but also hierarchical and permanent—then that was the divinely ordained social order, too. Euclidean geometry, that is, was used to justify monarchy.
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