It is very sad that "depression" hit the news recently with much debate and justifiable concern regarding medical & psychiatric treatment. Yet we have in recent times perhaps seen the dis-inhibiting effect of medication leading to major tragedies. The assumption is of course that it was the responsibility of doctors/psychiatrists which implies that both success and failure are their responsibility.
Yet we may have overlook how one great writer amongst many managed. By the most important Freudian way and without medication: Sublimation!
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The Cockroach Catcher could not miss the great opportunity to see a new production of Werther at the Met.
The 5 hour wait for the day ticket was worth it as one gets to chat to other opera lovers. One originates from
Poland and he managed to get to Bayreuth after a good seven years. Another one tries to be there twice a week during the season.
The Metropolitan Opera in
offers 150 day tickets and some at the front have been there since 9.30 in the morning. New York
Even Goethe admitted that killing Werther probably saved him. He completed The Sorrows of Young Werther in just 6 weeks perhaps in a fairly manic phase and established himself as
's foremost writer.
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
The Massenet Opera had one of top tenors Jonas Kaufmann singing Werther and Sophie Koch,
. The days of fat ladies are probably over as the new breed of female singers are slim and beautiful with very high quality singing to match. One cannot say as much for tenors and so it was such an experience to hear Kaufmann who suited the role perfectly. Charlotte
Kaufmann in an interview agreed that Goethe probably would have been medicated nowadays.
Just as well it never happened.
Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of 'Werther' at the Metropolitan Opera (Brigitte Lacombe/The Metropolitan Opera)
"The greatest tenor of today": Jonas Kaufmann in the Met's new production of "Werther"
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
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