Opera Is Dead? | Alan Fletcher

February 24, 2015 1:49 PM

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Opera Is Dead? | Alan Fletcher

Opera is dead. And why not, since classical music is also dead. Ballet is dead, modern dance is dead, the literary novel is dead, poetry is dead, experimental film is dead. Either abstract art is dead, or representational art, or both. Painting has been dead for a while, anyway. Science, or science as meaningful to polity, is dead. Journalism is dead. Intelligence is dead.

A recent report on opera's death (I won't help the article I'm thinking of gain clicks by linking to it) is based on an interesting analysis (not by the author) of the Metropolitan Opera's programming over about one hundred years. Unsurprisingly, we find that, increasingly, the Met has programmed st...

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