On a beautiful Sunday evening last week, thousands of patrons poured into Vancouver’s Rogers Arena to hear tenor Andrea Bocelli and friends perform their operatic crossover fare. Opera for the people is big business.
Two days later, Vancouver Opera (VO) announced a new three-week annual festival of opera for spring, 2017, and described it as “an exciting, forward-looking repositioning of our role at the centre of cultural life in Vancouver.”
As the information trickled out, it became apparent that the true story was rather different. The regular opera season is to be dumped.
The abandonment of its regular season was something I had not seen coming.
Deeply concerned at the announcement, I tweeted “Distressing to see @VancouverOpera news spun as visionary. It’s terrible news. Vancouver to be only major Cdn city without an opera season.”
Within the hour, VO had tweeted back it was “disappointed” with me, presumably for not following the party line. Like many others, I was taken aback by the news.
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