"Angels" opens at Peabody
Novelist E.M. Forster imbued his character Caroline Abbott with
these thoughts as she contemplates taking a child from
Monteriano, his Italian birthplace, to bring him to the sedate
English town of Sawston. No matter how "dull" and "contemptible"
Sawston might be, Caroline believes it would be a far better
place for the child to grow up in.
Such feelings lie at the heart of the Peabody
production of Forster's novel Where Angels Fear to
Tread, a three-act opera that will have its world premiere
on Feb. 25 in Friedberg Hall. Angels is a tale about the clash of
cultures and the human experience. Set in the hills of Tuscany,
Italy, the story revolves around a prim and proper middle-class
English family and its brief stay in the fictional town of
Monteriano. It is here that the passions and emotions of Italy
come head to head with the characters' British sensibility.
Roger Leeds to head new SAIS
Among the countless changes in international affairs over the
last couple of decades, one has stood out for Roger Leeds: the
dramatically increased interaction between government and the
international private sector.
"Almost every country in the world has adjusted
its policies and behavior to encourage more private-sector
activity," Leeds said. "As a consequence, public policy-makers
and practitioners from the business and financial communities
must be able to work constructively across a broad spectrum of
complex, often contentious activities."
Leeds has made a career out of helping
governments and businesses do just that. At the same time, he has
served as a SAIS adjunct faculty member for almost 20 years,
teaching courses dealing with financial markets, privatization
and cross-border financial transactions.
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