New York City Opera's decision to move out of Lincoln Center, cut staff across the board and scale back its performance schedule has prompted a range of reactions. The 68-year-old company plans to stage five operas in undetermined venues around New York City next season and in doing so, regain their financial footing. But plenty of questions remain – over the venues, singers and repertoire that will carry them forward. Underlying all of this is the question: will these drastic decisions help to save City Opera?
In this special podcast WQXR Vice President Graham Parker welcomes three guests (L-R): Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of the Washington Post; Amy Burton, a soprano who has sung in over a dozen productions at City Opera; and Willem Brans, the vice-president of the Arts Consulting Group, which works with major performing arts organizations.
Podcast producer: Brian Wise; Engineer: Jason Isaac