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Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanovsky
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:36:48 -0500
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On Friday, January 13, 2017, John Schweger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Requiem for a New Metropolitan Opera Production
>
> By MICHAEL COOPER<http://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-cooper>JAN. 13, 2017
>
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/
> 2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-
> production.html#story-continues-1>
>
>
> The Metropolitan Opera announced Friday that in order to save money it was
> canceling a much-anticipated new production<https://artsbeat.
> blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/calixto-bieito-coming-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 season<https://www.nytimes.
> com/2014/11/21/arts/metropolitan-operas-deficit-
> 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 Opera<https://www.nytimes.com/
> 2015/11/18/arts/international/review-force-of-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.
>
> Photo
> [https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/01/14/arts/14MET/14MET-master675.jpg
> ]
> 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.
>
>
> Advertisement
>
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/
> 2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-
> production.html#story-continues-1>
>
> Mr. Bieito is the second high-profile, innovative director whose
> production was derailed en route to the Met. The company announced over the
> summer<https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/arts/music/on-
> the-way-to-the-met-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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