By Linda Hutcheon
Our smooth narratives of technological know-how and expertise can merely pass thus far in instructing us concerning the loss of life that we needs to all eventually face. Can an act of the mind's eye, within the type of opera, take us the remainder of the best way? could opera, an artwork shape steeped in loss of life, train us the way to die, as this provocative paintings indicates? In Opera: The paintings of Dying a doctor and a literary theorist collect medical and humanistic views at the classes on residing and loss of life that this extravagant and possible man made artwork imparts.
Contrasting the adventure of mortality in opera to that during tragedy, the Hutcheons discover a extra apt analogy within the medieval customized of contemplatio mortis--a dramatized workout in imagining one's personal dying that ready one for the inevitable finish and helped one benefit from the existence that remained. From the viewpoint of a modern viewers, they discover recommendations of mortality embodied in either the typical and the extra vague operatic repertoire: the phobia of loss of life (in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites); the eager for demise (in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde); instruction for the great loss of life (in Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung); and suicide (in Puccini's Madama Butterfly). In works by way of Janacek, Ullmann, Berg, and Britten, between others, the Hutcheons research how loss of life is made to think logical or even correct morally, psychologically, and artistically--how, within the artwork of opera, we rehearse dying with a purpose to provide existence which means.
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42 Even in opera, where (thanks to program notes and memory) we likely know the plot ending, the existential risk is still real, and not only because the ending might not “work” in this particular production, on this particular night. There is no guarantee of catharsis, argues Schmidt, but the gamble is part of the pleasure of the theater, even (or especially, we would add) when the theme of the work is death itself. ”44 We The Contemplation of Death 37 need to confer signiﬁcance on experience (including the experience of dying), and stories offer what he calls “imaginative equivalents of closure,” which accomplish this in ways we can never manage in our own lives.
But is it possible to watch the death of someone on stage without at least for a moment considering one’s own demise? We suspect not, even if each person will inevitably react differently. Elisabeth Bronfen has argued that representations of death force us to confront our own end in a kind of “death by proxy”: we know we are mortal and must submit to our mortality, yet because (as safely distanced audience members) we do not actually die, but only witness staged death, we can feel as if we are asserting some mastery over the End: “Ultimately, the seminal ambivalence subtending all representations of death resides in the fact that, while they are morally educating and emotionally elevating, they also touch on the knowledge of our mortality, which for most is so disconcerting that we would prefer to disavow it.
34 But the witnessing Blanche cannot attain any such aesthetic or psychic balance. Nor can the dying Prioress. Nor can the audience—not yet, at least. Only at the end of the opera will this death change meaning—not only for the characters, but also for the rest of us. Triumph over Death Two full acts must pass, in fact, before any cathartic relief is allowed to anyone. Act 2 opens with Blanche’s terriﬁed ﬂight from her watch over the corpse of the Prioress: the presence of the dead, like the dying, profoundly unsettles the young novice.