1. George Weinberg-Harter
    March 29, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    Very good, Welton. I too was quoting Louis Quatorze from the git-go. Also made me think of Brunnhilde riding into her funeral pyre as she brings Valhalla down around her. Give Campbell the dignity his own Viking funeral if he wants it – but spare the opera company!


  2. KMW
    March 29, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    Thank you very much. According to the Reader, the vote to close the opera was not on the agenda and many board members were not present. Shameful.


  3. William Smith
    March 29, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    I agree overall with your conclusion. I think your characterization of “proven classics” for “well-heeled donors” is slightly off base. I ‘m sure most attending are not “well-heeled.” Yes, the programming was slightly conservative, but when even the slightly modern has been attempted; e.g, Peter Grimes, Of Mice and Men, attendance was disastrously low. Next year an edgy Don Giovanni from Berlin was planned as well as Nixon in China. I hope some of that season can survive. BTW, even if something is a “proven classic,” if you attend only locally, you are not going to see it all that often.


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