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Issue 18 – Assumption 2023

Arts and Letters

Not There to Shield You


Giuseppe Verdi

Canadian Opera Company

April 28–May 20, 2023


“‘What’s Verdi got to do with it?’ Peppone interrupted. ‘Verdi’s no artist; he’s just a man with a heart as big as this—’

“And he threw out his arms so eloquently that they cut a wide swathe all around him. Don Camillo wasn’t agile enough to get out of the way, and received a blow in the stomach. But out of respect for Verdi he said nothing.”

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About the author

Jane Stannus

Jane Stannus is a contributor to the Spectator, the Critic, the Telegraph, and other publications.