New City Opera is not a people’s paradise

New City Opera is not a people’s paradise


norman lebrecht

January 26, 2016

Our regular collaborator Shawn Milnes found much that was not to the public’s liking at the return of a company New York had left for dead.

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On the night I attended the NYCO-R Tosca, I found an attractive, younger, finance crowd that I do not see at the Met in such numbers.

Some of these young people will eventually be poised to become the next generation of mega arts donors. That is great, both for NYCO-R and opera in general.

However will they return in the future, especially given the frustration and chaos the facilities at the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center caused?

Was it NYCO-R or the Rose’s fault that people spent the vast majority of the two intermissions on line for the single working men’s room or on line at the single bar with only two working cashiers?

Many people did not even get the drink they waited 10 minutes on line for as intermission ended before they could.

Several people missed the second act because they were waiting for the bathrooms and there were no late admissions to the theatre after either intermission.

Shawn’s conclusion: must try harder. Read his full and frank assessment here.