by Suzanne Calvin
During these so-called “Dog Days of Summer,” when the temperature soars to triple digit heights of discomfort, it’s a good time to remember that American Opera had its origins in tropical places like Havana and New Orleans, as well as in the cooler climate of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Both cities were essentially Catholic and profoundly musical, both sat at the crossroads of diverse populations and cultural influences and – like the very early American Opera capitals in Mexico and Peru, where the first operas in the Americas were composed and performed more than 300 years ago – both communities saw opera as an integral part of the civic fabric.
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This month, I am sitting down with Lauren Smith (Jack), Laura Begley (Mother/Wife) and Christian Teague (Giant/Trouble). They are performing in our TDOpage2stage production of John Davies' childrens' opera, Jack and the Beanstalk. Our first public performance is on Saturday, October 27th.
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From the Desk of keith cerny
I returned a few weeks ago to Dallas from Philadelphia, where I had been attending the Opera America Board meeting and annual conference. Having been to a number of these conferences over the years, I would describe the mood of my fellow opera leaders as more somber than usual.
It is quite clear that the lingering economic recession, limited stock market growth over the past decade, and profound changes in how audiences are spending their entertainment dollar are weighing heavily on many opera companies across the United States.
In one panel discussion, a number of companies presented their strategies for how they are doing more with fewer resources, and an important new concept emerged. Several of us spoke about the need to maximize our "community footprint"—a term that captures not just the opera's mainstage and chamber opera performances, but the company's total impact on the community. I believe that this measure is extremely important and will become more so, over time.
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