City Opera’s jump-start? There’s a composer in the housemain
Barely noticed by New York’s media, the revived City Opera has a composer in residence.
That’s classy, and risky. The Met would never take guidance from someone who actually writes opera.
City Opera’s Tobias Picker, who is also artistic director of Tulsa Opera, had his first opera, Emmeline, commissioned by Santa Fe, An American Tragedy by the Metropolitan Opera and Dolores Claiborne by San Francisco Opera. He’s a mainstream composer of American opera.
Things start happening when you’ve got a composer in the house.