New opera strives to illuminate the enigma known as Van Gogh

By John von Rhein [Chicago Tribune, 12 April 2011]
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Vincent Van Gogh was an opera waiting to happen.
A religious visionary who suffered from epilepsy, syphilis, alcoholism and mental illness for much of his short life (he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 37), the Dutch artist desperately sought acceptance but achieved recognition only posthumously.