Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Requiem for an American New Opera Recording?

"Despite the enthusiastic critical and public
response [Toni Morrison's and Richard Danielpour's]
"Margaret Garner" has already received in
Detroit, there are no plans yet to record the
production. Because of prohibitive costs, bringing
an opera to an even wider public via CD or DVD
is nearly impossible today.
"There is nothing more expensive to record
within classical music than opera," says Bogdan
Roscic, VP of A & R at Deutsche Grammophon.
"There are more people involved, and the works
are so long. So when sales in [classical recordings]
faced a downturn, opera is where it was felt

-- Anastasia Tsioulcas in Billboard, July 2, 2005.


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