The Kiss of Love and Death

Un bacio… ancora un bacio
Giuseppe Verdi, Otello

Der Liebeskuß ist die erste Empfindung des Todes …
Richard Wagner to Cosima, 15. August 1869

“For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as severe as Sheol”, the Bible’s Song of Solomon says (8:6). Death and love, Eros and Hades (in the bible: Sheol) are equally powerful adversaries. They fight each other – just as Don Giovanni resists the Commendatore returning from the other world and the hell that threatens to devour him: a tremendous agon between Eros and Thanatos in the last moments of the “dissoluto punito”… Read whole article here.