Sunday, January 22, 2006

Food for thought...

Last night at dinner, Cam and I were discussing opera with my folks when an interesting point was made. Applications for young artist programs have almost doubled and new opera houses are popping up everywhere around the states. So what has led to this recent rise in opera population? We have a couple thoughts of our own, for instance that opera skipped a generation of interest therefore our generation is picking up the slack. Or it might be that pop music and the like have reached such a low point of art that the pendulum is swinging in the complete opposite direction.

What do you think?
:: posted by Bryn, 11:53 AM


I totally agree with you. I think most singers with any true talent are put off by today's cookie cutter, no talent entertainment industry and choose to distinguish themselves with additional training and perform where their art is appreciated not how short their skirt is or how big their boobs are...
Blogger Heather-Anne, at 6:53 PM  
I hope you are right but I fear you are wrong. Galina Vishnevskaya says that one of the problems today is that there are too many opera companies. Quality gets diluted. I think there are a lot of companies for many reasons: (1) at the deepest level people are attracted to things that have depth and don't change, changeless glory; (2) A lot of people (not singers) are making a lot of money in classical music. It is a major industry and all industries strive to expand until they reach a point. It would be nice to believe that people are really getting interested in opera again, but only time will tell if that is true.
Anonymous Joe the Mo, at 3:30 PM  

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