Tuesday, December 06, 2005

You Call That A Renaissance?

"Tobias Picker thinks it began in earnest with John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991.

"The opera was a huge sell-out. Opera companies realised that producing a new work would give them tremendous attention and bring in an audience. I don't want to take credit away from (John Adams's [and Alice Goodman's] 1987 opera) Nixon in China or other new operas given in Houston. Nixon was a real event. But the resurgence really began with the Met."

George Loomis "How to set America to music" Financial Times December 2, 2005

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