This is what it’s about.
I love when music addresses political topics, and this statement completely captures the dynamic between the music and the ideas it tries to embrace and represent.
Of course music cannot actually say anything about politics – music is just music. But political ideas refracted through music achieve a different dimension. The reality of politics on the ground may be too full of practical detail to make good opera, but opera, through being narrated by music, automatically lifts ideas on to an emotional and imaginative plane and we see political ideas in a different light.
Pountney is the librettist and director of an opera, with music by Peter Maxwell Davies, that tells three stories of student activism: from Germany, China, and the United States. And I hope I get to see it.
(Thanks to @NaxosUSA for posting a link to the article.)