“When I turned eighteen, the cult just turned into the Devil’s playground. The cult was insisting on things from me and harassing me. They shaved my head, they forced me to do hard labor, I was being told I didn’t deserve nice things and I believed it. I think having my head shaved caused me to go into shock, but I then went to my dance teacher and I said to her that at Synanon, all the women shave their heads. My dance teacher couldn’t handle my shaved head and threw me out the school. And then it got worse and worse and worse.”
Win tickets to see opera sensation Jamie Barton perform the songs of Joaquín Turina, Ernest Chausson, Franz Schubert, Antonín Dvořák, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
* Elizabeth Schmuhl *
At the end of September, I was invited to attend a performance of R.B. Schlather’s direction of George Frideric Handels’s 1735 baroque opera Alcina at Whitebox Art Center in New York City. What I saw was mesmerizing.