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OperaNow! #224: The Death of Michael?

Death of Klinghoffer debuts amid protests (but it seemed to go well in hindsight)...American orchestras are shooting themsleves in the foot...Paris Opera ejects woman in muslim veil after cast refuses to sing...Carmen smoking ban lifted in Australia...and some other random things.

In Oliver's Corner, Jean Madeira is mommy, dearest.


Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, our old pal David Gordon and Our Man in Venice.

Reader Comments (5)

There's an American soprano named Brenda Harris and she sang Elektra at De Moines opera last season in Iowa. I'm mentioning this because the audience at De Moines opera errupted in applause when Brenda Harris sang Elektra's declamatory outburst at the end of the confrontation scene.

This probably would never happen in an opera house like the Met where the audience knows they are not supposed to applaud until the end. I thought it was unexpected but the applause did not ruin the flow of the performance.
October 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzach
I sort of understand the anti-subscription argument. This is the first year that I've purchased season tickets to the opera in my town, and that's only because:

a) the company started offering dirt cheap subscriptions for under 30s ($18/opera)
b) i feel pretty secure in my job for the following year
c) i've been interested in opera for a few years already and have learned more about it

It was not at all an attractive option when I had less money, less stability and didn't even understand the art form.

Now that I can afford a subscription, though, I'm pretty happy about it. Plus the company allows you to reschedule if you need to, so there's that.
October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Appreciated the "woes of the orchestra" discussion. I don't know if I've just been lucky, but for many years now, and always on a very, very modest income, I've found that buying a subscriptionis by far the best deal. I mean for many years, I was getting decent seats to the opera for something like $25 a pop. Now, the COC in Toronto has initiated an under 30s sub for something like $18 per opera - ok, not always the best seats [though if you're fast you can get GREAT seats!], but come on! I really don't think it has to do with $ so much as difficulties people seem to have these days in committing time-wise. Not that they don't have the time, but they don't want to book it up too soon, just in case something better comes along. It will be interesting to see what opera companies and symphony orchestras do since in the past, they've depended so heavily on the advance income that subscription-buyers provide. It will be difficult for them to plan ahead, engage the best singers etc. etc. if they don't know where the $ is coming from. I guess we'll see over the next few years where all of this goes in terms of how tickets are sold.
October 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergianmarco
Oliver stated in this podcast that Anita Cerquetti was American. That would be news to all the Cerquetti family.
October 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobo
I have no idea why I said that.
The internet conspired to confuse me.

-one for the Erraticum segment of episode 225
November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe OC

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