Sunday, June 5, 2011

Alex Ross, on the state of the Opera

“Institutions that go on presenting the same old pieces for the same old audience in the same old way may not make it too far into the current century. The classical business needs to start thinking of itself not as a luxury item but as an essential part of the average thinking person’s life. Across the country, music-making is at a high level, but it lacks a sense of passion, spontaneity, intellectual risk. To cultivate such values would not betray the great composers of the repertory; it would do them justice.”

-- from the May 9 New Yorker


  1. That is to say, how much of this sentiment is true for theatre!