William Bolcom's "A View from the Bridge" was commissioned by the Lyric Opera and premiered in 1999.

The Vancouver Opera is opening its 2011-2112 season with Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. (I love WSS and I saw my first production at the no long defunct Vancouver International Festival)

This begs the question that is being discussed, and debated, by long-time opera subscribers and opera crtics in North America:

“Does the musical theatre genre belong in and on the “season menu” of an Opera Company?” http://bit.ly/k4uJsE

Exploring and looking at the realm of possibilities, I am reminded of Chapter 13, “An Operatic Voice for North America”, in Lotfi Mansouri’s book “Lotfi Mansouri An Operatic Journey”.

Here, Lotfi writes about commissioning new operas: “Commissioning opera is like raising a child; you never have any idea how it is going to turn out. A living company must create new opera, dealing with themes of our era and advancing its music and personalities. But it’s a real crapshoot, from beginning to end.”

For me the question: “Does the musical theatre genre belong in and on the “season menu” of an Opera Company?” is answered:

“It is a crapshoot, from beginning to end.”

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