Tapestry Opera A New Era for Opera, https://tapestryopera.com posted this question in response to this link: http://on.fb.me/1gHVg9G

Where do you see the evolution of opera going?

In my opinion, to further the evolution of new opera in Canada one might engage serious composers with talent and a desire/passion to create an opera that is actually meaningful to our “Canadian spirit”; our “musical nationalism”; and have proven track records of their performances in and outside of Canada.

Rufus Wainwright’s track record with his opera “Prima Donna” certainly did not, in my opinion, attain any “evolution of where opera is going”.

I don’t see the Canadian Opera Company commission of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian going to further opera, period.

To me, more distressing, is Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef’s ignorance of Canadian culture and “musical nationalism”; and, his unwillingness to know/grasp this concept and do something with/for/about Canadian culture. Except, that, “in the end it must be good art”.

And, (in my opinion), the astounding hunch/guess that the under 30 Rufus Wainwright pop audiences can/will pay a ticket price of $147+CND to help fill the 14000 seats needed to be sold to finance the $2MCND price tag, (according to Neef), is “fuzzy math” and “wishful” financial projections on the part of Neef.

It’s going to be a long haul to 2018……

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