The Ballad of NYCO

The January issue of Opera News is on the stand and carries an authoritative article on New York City Opera that - frankly - reads like a eulogy. A swirl of images appeared before my mind's eye when I read it: Beverly Sills speaking at a NYCO gala and publicly excoriating then general director Paul Kellogg for trashing the State Theater's acoustics; Baby Doe freezing to death in a mind shaft; the current administration's logo of a black hole. 

Having witnessed most of the events written about, I can say that the author's accounting is as accurate as it is bleak.