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Subject: Re: Los Angeles doesn't have an Opera Problem
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 7 Jun 2017 22:59:15 -0400

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I have to say, with all the pedant-style talk out here lately, lol, that I have a huge problem 
with the use of the phrase "opera problem."

A drinking problem is when you can't stop drinking. Same kind of thing with a drug 
problem. Our incompetent POTUS has a severe twitter problem. Even a "math problem" 
assumes the presence of, or search for, a mathematical solution, not a lack of one, lol. 
Seems to me then, that an "opera problem" would be having too much opera - having a 
severe addiction to opera - something most of us out here certainly possess, and 
something none of us most certainly desire a cure or intervention for. 

So, here's to "opera problems." May we all have them, to excess. ;-)

On Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:18:56 -0400, Kathy Crandall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>As home to LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, Pacific Opera Project, The Industry - as well as 
>home to the LA Philharmonic which is staging multiple operas this season, Los Angeles 
>has no shortage of opera or opera goers - see the link to History of Opera in Los Angeles 
>KCET is a local and public TV station that is streaming an experimental opera and will 
>show it live shortly:  
>VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser
>   An Opera by Lisa Bielawa
>  While we hear much about the experiments going on in New York, the above listed 
>companies are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to small opera companies doing main 
>stream and experimental work here in LA and its surrounds.  Not to mention, choral 
>groups and chamber groups presenting opera.  And a lively subculture of Zarzuela.
>Audiences are indeed changing.  Subscriptions may be declining as we leave the "see and 
>be seen era" but attendance is growing, especially at the newer and more experimental 
>activities.  Younger folks are interested in more modern type music and the modern 
>music scene here is thriving.  And philanthropists are very generous - angelic perhaps - 
>in keeping our cultural scene alive.  
>Nope - no opera problem here.  And I rather suspect, even if the rug gets pulled out from 
>under the NEA, LA will still be doing fine.  We'll all just have to dig deeper.
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