From the opera "The Banality of Love." Jochen Quast/Courtesy Theater Regensburg

Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger and the Banality of Love Between a Jew and a Nazi

In a new opera, premiered in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, the relationship between the young, Jewish university student and her married and much older philosophy professor gets center stage

In many operas the libretto is so weak as to be silly. It exists only as a vehicle for the music, and reasonable listeners probably don’t give a thought to the story after the performance ends. But “The...

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