Heed heav­enly voices

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A par­tial an­ti­dote, at least, to the hor­rors of this de­gen­er­ate na­tion and, in­deed, the world be­yond, would be a mas­sive dose of the grandeur and glory of Euro­pean cul­ture and all those great Euro­pean men of sub­lime and tow­er­ing ge­nius who, in ev­ery realm of hu­man en­deav­our, were re­spon­si­ble for the mir­a­cle of West­ern civ­i­liza­tion, the great­est by far, that this trou­bled world has ever known.

If, like me, you are weary of the abysmal ba­nal­ity of mod­ern pop­u­lar mu­sic and just about ev­ery­thing else in this de­praved and de­clin­ing world, then I urge you Amer­i­cans to listen to the ex­quis­ite voices of two of your own na­tional trea­sures, col­oratura so­pra­nos Bev­erly Sills and Renee Flem­ing.

Sit back, re­lax, empty your minds and just listen to the heav­enly voice of Bev­erly Sills singing Vin­cenzo Bellini’s “Casta Diva” from his opera Norma, and/or the equally heav­enly voice of Renee Flem­ing singing Jules Massenet’s “Ah! Je suis seule, seule en­fin!” from his opera Thaïs. This lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will not only move you to tears but will, to some de­gree at least, re­store your faith in hu­man­ity.

WILLIAM G. CAR­LYLE North Lit­tle Rock

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