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The U.S. now has 125 opera companies. That’s more than Germany or Italy, and roughly as many Americans attend live opera performances as attend NFL football games. Jonathan Leaf examines a surprising phenomenon—beyond the Met.
If that is true, then why don't we have more opera on TV? I wish we did. Read the article here. Readers know that we like the Met, but are also very happy with the NYC Opera just next door. Other than in Lincoln Center, where in the world are there two opera companies performing next door to eachother?
Very interesting. My nearest neighbour here in Tuscany, Carlo Bini, was a resident tenor at the Met and was one of the founders (if I recall) of the San Diego Opera. He now produces an absolutely superb red wine (unlike my effort), not for public sale sadly!
There are quite a few excellent opera companies in the US in addition to NYC's two. The Lyric in Chicago, the SF Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Sarasota Opera, and look for both the Houston and Pittsburgh companies to become more prominent. Both have been getting markedly better, and how put on very good productions.