May 31, 2021
Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain. Music is also known to evoke memories. In his article, How Opera Makes Brain Sense, Dr. Norman N. Holland discusses the complexity of opera and our response to both the music and the specific situational story that evokes emotion, tying the emotion and situation together as compared to other mediums where a story is unfolding over time. It’s what he calls music drama; with opera, our emotions shift from situation to situation as the music and specific moments are intertwined.