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Seven Days Interviews Classics Professor on His Opera in Greek and Latin

Professor M.D. Usher, associate professor and chair of the Classics Department, wrote lyrics in Greek and Latin for Neron Kaiser, an opera debuting at Willamette University in Salem, Or. Usher, who trained the singers via Skype, says the life of Emperor Nero lends itself well to opera as the musician-emperor didn’t want to be Caesar, but “just wanted to be the equivalent of a modern rock star with his modern boy band.” Read the story...