Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
What type of operas would you say the metropolitan opera performs?
I romanticized an eclectic assortment of operas ranging between contemporary and classic genres. If you are anything like me, you guessed wrong. This blog provides graphs from the Met Opera Data base that show the Met has consistently built their repertoire on Wagner, Puccini, Mozart (shudder), Verdi and other well-known, dead composers. They barely perform American operas or works composed by females.
I realize blogs are not the most reputable sources of information, but if these graphs were accurately taken from the Database, the Met seems to have been has been somewhat archaic with their programming through the last 100+ years. In addition, the Met’s mission statement includes:
“To reinvigorate the art form, the Met is also commissioning new works and has made a commitment to producing contemporary work on an annual basis. ”
With the culmination of this data and the excerpt from the mission statement, do you think this data should be taken with a grain of salt? Or do you think the Met’s programming is a little too consistent for their mission statement.