Music: Successful Saint

When Gian-Carlo Menotti was a child, at home near Milan, he was crippled in one leg. A devout nurse took him to a shrine of the Madonna, and shortly afterwards he was cured. He still believes that his cure could have been miraculous. But at the same time, Composer Menotti also believes that he does not believe: he admits to skepticism and has left the Roman Catholic Church. This contradiction has turned up in Menotti operas before (e.g., The Medium), in the shape of dramatic conflicts between some form of faith and reason. The...

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