If any Via Meadia readers are sitting on piles of cash, here’s a chance to do something important: save the City Opera of New York. Founded seventy years ago and once known as “the people’s opera” for its relatively cheap ticket prices and alternative repertoire, the City Opera is now sadly headed for the chopping block. The NYT reports:
Absent the kind of deus ex machina that has saved the day in so many of the convoluted opera plots the troupe has performed over the years, City Opera will start shutting itself down next week if it fails to raise $7 million.City Opera’s board voted on Thursday to begin filing for bankruptcy and start dismantling itself if that goal was not met by Monday. Going into the weekend the company had raised less than a quarter of what it said it needed to stay in business.As audience members headed for the exits on Saturday night, the demise of the company seemed to be on the lips of as many people as the demise of the operatic heroine they had just witnessed.
It’s good to have a scrappy alternative to the Met championing new music, reaching a younger audience and offering emerging singers another venue to show the public what they’ve got. The day the City Opera dies, New York will be a poorer place. Anyone who can help it last a little while longer will be doing NYC a great service.