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Split personality. Liking the arts, especially opera, and hockey and Los Toros. I know, I know THAT one is non pc currently. But I can't help it saw some in Spain and got hooked, but good. But on the other hand right now opera and hockey are in the forefront!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Howling and protesting

the decision by Steel to remove NY City Opera from Lincoln Center?
And to shorten the season, to perform in concert and in various (very much) smaller venues has the opera world up in arms.....
starting with Julius Rudel, former NYCO Maestro, and followed by other opera luminaries

It IS a sad state of affairs.
Wherever one looks the arts get short shrift by government.  and not only here but around the continent:


The arts would be dead were it not for private donations.
But those funds are also not as plenty due to the economy... so what to do?
Allow each large city ONE art company and one only?
I am kidding - or not?

what about sports?
I suggest the same in sports such as in ONE team per city!
How that would fly :-) what a thought!
Deprive the masses of their sports teams to love and hate! 

Roman politicians devised a plan in 140 B.C. to win the votes of the poor by giving out cheap food and entertainment - "panem et circenses" = bread and circuses". 
'Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt'
is what the Roman poet Juvenal wrote in his 'Satires'

lamenting the continuing slide of his former Roman Republic into dictatorship.
Even if food and tickets are no longer cheap!
Let us have "circuses"!

1 comment:

ICEVET said...

A very BAD idea by Management to reduce the "footprint" of NYCO, coupled with a move-out of the venerable Lincoln Center. It is time for the NYCO Board to take charge and raise the funds necessary to restore this 70-year old Opera Company to solid footing.

While Terry Teachout (WSJ Culture Columnist) is partially correct that NYCO must redefine its MISSION in a way that makes sense to the public, he fails to take the next step in identifying the New York Metro audience "niche" which has sustained NYCO over the years. Perhaps, management and the Board have lost sight of who their audience WAS.

The Mortier scandal is truly lamentable, but it most certainly does not follow that the 15 Million New York Metro market (the Financial Center of the World) cannot SUPPORT more than a single opera company.