“If you don’t usually go to the opera and want to give it a try, go and see Carmen in Leipzig [for] what ‘opera’ – that peculiar mix of literature, theatre and music – can and should accomplish. However, if you’re an expert, whether or not you’ll appreciate the show will, as illustrated by the critics’ contradicting each other, depend on your personal taste.”
With classical musicians held to such strict rules and standards today, we may want to choose to simply sit back, relax and not pick apart minute details of their concerts – since, according to our reviewer, they’ll almost certainly be good anyway.
Can we blame the Russians for this one, too?
The question has haunted scholars, socialists and socialist scholars for one and a half centuries. So we also give it a try (or eight).
As we rejoice over not having to go to work and put on our Halloween costumes, we’re also asked to remember a little something a famous local guy named Martin Luther did 500 years ago. But what we’re commemorating may not have taken place quite as promoted over the past centuries.
In total, no fewer than 42 parties are running for the Bundestag. How many of them have you heard of?