September 23, 2011

Goodbye to all that





Someday a curious historian with a big view will write the tale of New York City Opera with regard to its current travails. But don't expect it today or even in the next few months, and certainly not from me. While I've seen the unravelling up close as a member of the company for the past twenty-three seasons, my tongue is not ready to express the thoughts in my head. Others, however, have done just that, perhaps the sharpest voice being that of Julius Rudel (The People's Opera, in Peril) who was on hand to conduct Beverly Sills in Handel's Giulio Cesare, a role which catapulted her to stardom. I will say this however: I am very grateful to have had a two-decade career at Lincoln Center with a company that brought so many distinguished artists to the public. There is no substitute for that kind of stage experience.

As I write and teach, I draw on all that I have been given from the many gifted artists I have shared the footlights with and say thank you.


3 comments:

  1. I read Mr Rudel's article. I am appalled and entirely agree with his conclusion. It is such a shame but I can imagine that shame is an emotion not rife amongst the people who made that decision. Daniel, I wish you strength.

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  2. Beautiful post, my friend. I'm so sorry for your (and all of the opera world's) loss.

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  3. So make sure that it
    "Never be forgot
    That once there was a spot
    Known as" New York City Opera.
    (Apologies to Fritz Loewe.)
    Yes, I am so grateful for my 39 years with this formally great opera company.

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