Steve Schwartz wrote:
>I predict, in spite of the high-profile talent, that not one significant
>opera will be produced (leaving aside John Adams) that will break into
>even the ghetto-rep that is modern opera. It's a fairly safe prediction.
Hummm...Significant: Full of meaning or import...
Well I guess it depends...I believe great significance will be made
of some of these works...yet, in the long run, perhaps with my cynical
nature getting the best of me, I wonder if audiences want significant
Thinking back on the history of the MET, I am reminded of the few
American operas they did. I would like to see some revivals: Hanson's
Merry Mount; Gruenberg's Emperor Jones; Barber's Vanessa and perhaps
the MET should do right by Barber's Antony and Cleopatra and give it
a production worthy of that magnificent score and not butcher it like
they did at the first performances...etc.
When I thought about the American opera done at the MET, I went to their
WEB site. I found it interesting that, depending on the portion of the
archives you search, the composer's name is not included in the register.
Thinking about all of this, I wondered what might I do if I could plan
a season...including at least one commission. A cursory glance tells
me that there are about 28 titles being offered this season. Ok, so I
don't know things like what productions are available, costs, etc...but
I wonder, from just the standpoint of repertoire, what would it take to
get me to the opera...say...what 20 operas would I like to hear in a
season and who would I commission...
I would love to know what all of you would program...I will think about