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Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:32:26 +0000

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How much do you want to bet that they took one look at Bieto’s plans for 
this production and chickened out…. 
On 1/13/17, 5:15 PM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of 
John Schweger" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of 
[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>Requiem for a New Metropolitan Opera Production 
>By MICHAEL COOPER<>JAN. 13, 2017 
>Continue reading the main 
>The Metropolitan Opera announced Friday that in order to save money it 
>was canceling a much-anticipated new 
>ming-to-met-opera-with-a-new-forza/> of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" by 
>the daring director Calixto Bieito, planned for next season. The company 
>said it would give several concert performances of Verdi's Requiem 
>conducted by James Levine in its place. 
>The announcement underscored the fragility of finances at the Met, which 
>has cut wages and fees in recent years to curb its mounting costs and 
>offset struggles at the box office. It also means the indefinite 
>postponement of the Met debut of Mr. Bieito, an iconoclastic Catalan 
>director with a thriving career in Europe and a history of mounting 
>productions that have sometimes shocked opera audiences with graphic sex 
>and violence. 
>Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in an interview that the 
>decision had been made for financial reasons, not artistic ones. 
>"Basically it's a cost-cutting measure," he said. 
>He said that the company, which has a budget of around $300 million a 
>year and ran a $22 million deficit in its 2013-14 
>-swells-to-dollar22-million.html>, was on track to balance this year's 
>budget, but that it still needed to reduce its costs if it is to survive. 
>By canceling next year's "Forza," a co-production between the Met and the 
>English National  
>f-destiny-at-the-english-national-opera.html>, Mr. Gelb said the company 
>would save roughly a million dollars in costs associated with adjusting 
>the sets and costumes for its stage and rehearsing it. 
>The Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito was to lead a staging of 
>Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit Marijan 
>Murat/picture-alliance/dpa, via Associated Press 
>The cancellation means that the Met will present only five new 
>productions next season, which will be announced next month, down from 
>six. When Mr. Gelb became general manager just over a decade ago, he 
>decided that mounting more new productions was necessary for the company 
>to remain artistically vibrant and to help it attract new audiences. 
>Initially he presented seven new productions each season, up from the 
>three or four before he arrived. 
>Mr. Gelb said the decision to pull the plug on "Forza" was "not a 
>reflection upon my feeling about Calixto's talent as a director," and 
>said he still hoped Mr. Bieito would work at the Met. But he said it was 
>unclear when or if "Forza" would be staged, as future seasons have been 
>planned through the 2020-21. Mr. Bieito did not immediately respond to a 
>request for comment. 
>Continue reading the main 
>Mr. Bieito is the second high-profile, innovative director whose 
>production was derailed en route to the Met. The company announced over 
>-a-meistersinger-is-stranded-in-europe.html> that its plans to bring 
>Stefan Herheim's production of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" 
>from the Salzburg Festival to the Met in a future season had fallen apart 
>for a variety of reasons. 
>Under Mr. Gelb's leadership the Met, which has had a reputation for 
>mounting conservative, traditional productions, has increasingly turned 
>to more experimental international directors, including Willy Decker and 
>Patrice Chéreau, whose posthumous production of Strauss' "Elektra" was a 
>highlight last season. 
>Mr. Gelb said that he still wanted to bring daring directors to the Met 
>in the coming years, and said that he had been in talks with Ivo van Hove 
>and Barrie Kosky about future productions. "It's not as if we have 
>suddenly decided that we are not going to be gambling with new directors 
>who are at the cutting edge of theatrical excitement," he said. 
>Instead of the "Forza," the Met will give four concert performances of 
>Verdi's Requiem featuring its orchestra and chorus conducted by Mr. 
>Levine, and with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs 
>Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. It will be performed 
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