Minnesota Public Radio features by Leslie Crane http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=98 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:01 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Leslie Crane http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Ransom of the Opera When I hear Dvorák's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka I nearly believe I can fly. To experience Beverly Sills singing "Mariettas Lied" from Korngold's Die Tode Stadt fills me with an indescribable longing. Music like this brings feelings of "other-worldliness," the idea that a place exists where harsh reality is shut out and quiet beauty rules, even in the most unusual of story lines. Ann Patchett's lovely novel Bel Canto (HarperCollins, 2001) is filled with just this kind of magic. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0108_ransomoftheopera/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2001 09:00:00 -0500