Oh sad day at New York City Opera! http://nyti.ms/lpfyI3

Here is the beginning of the end; or, as we say in the, “bizworld”, the wind up.

The New York City Opera has been and still is, (for the moment), a bastion of fostering, nurturing and presenting emerging young American opera talent.

This is important, because, while there are many regional opera companies in America who claim to do the same, none have achieved such a bold mission dedicated to young American opera talent like the New York City Opera has over many decades. (Now, all you other American companies hush for a minute before you get on a high horse and read on).

Here are some comments from the alumni of NYC Opera and others:

“It would in essence be the end of the New York City Opera as we know it and love it,” said Julius Rudel, who first conducted at the opera when it was founded in 1943…”

Francesca Zambello, the opera and theater director, said she was saddened by “this slow demise of what’s so important to all of us.”

“I have the impression they’re going into this half blind,” said William Mason, the general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. “Boards don’t understand how opera companies work,” he said. “A board’s job is to provide oversight.”

“It can’t be helpful to lose a constituent,” said Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, which operates across Lincoln Center’s plaza. “It’s certainly never healthy to have a house dark.” Mr. Gelb said he knew little of City Opera’s plans, and noted that unlike that company, the Met acts as its own
landlord.”

Maybe, just, maybe, this is a catharsis for New York City Opera, and, a new opportunity.

I, for one, certainly hope so.

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