I think that when things get to a certain extreme, you can’t push them farther in that direction. There has to be some kind of coming together. And, obviously, Mr. Trump didn’t win everything; his margins are so slender, and the country is, in some sense, of course, deeply divided. So how do all of us work across the divide? Again, without demonizing the people on the other side. How deeply can we listen and realize that we’re all singing an ensemble, not a solo aria?

That’s the courage and beauty of what Mozart was trying to do at a moment in history where again, there were no examples of democracy for Mozart to point to in Europe. So he had to put it onstage and use a musical language that would allow people to actually listen to each other and realize that they have to sing together in harmony. Harmony is made of not people parroting or repeating each other’s notes, but the opposite: The blend of very different notes creates the chord. And so it’s not just singing in unison; it’s singing in harmony, with everyone’s diversity intact.

-Peter Sellars, during a post-election interview with Michael Cooper of the New York Times. Sellars famously staged Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" in Trump Tower back in the late 80's.