Save the Met #weareopera | Susanne Mentzer

July 31, 2014 6:02 PM

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In the early 1970's, when I was in my tweens and early teens, my father, who was the Superintendent of Catoctin Mountain Park in central Maryland, created a type of living history center. He located craftsmen from the area who could demonstrate domestic arts that were quickly disappearing: blacksmithing, broom making, shingle shaving, spinning, weaving, candle making... you get the point. Many of these craftspeople lived on the mountain. They had never thought of their work as anything but their trade. Some were quite elderly. I and a couple other area girls worked as apprentices of a sort. The craft center was open to the public and for a number of years would have thousands of visitors per year.

Fast forward to today. I now live and work in the field of opera. Opera has been in the news a lot lately. At the beginning of the summer there was much coverage about a female singer's weight and the importance of physically believable singers. Also in the news was the possible closing of San Diego...

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