let's discuss: Should Opera's Dress Code Be Grand Too?
As many of you know, Grand Opera is coming back to Baltimore this season. Lyric Opera Baltimore will be ringing the season in with style by presented La Traviata.
La Traviata – In collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera, a production of this perennial Verdi favorite starring internationally renowned Elizabeth Futral as Violetta and conducted by Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White and featuring Jason Stearns as Germont. The opulent sets and costumes will be designed by Desmond Healey and come from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This beautiful set, created for a large stage, will find a perfect home in our newly renovated stage-house which for the first time will be able to accommodate a set so grand and lavish. – Baltimoreopera.com
While perusing our Baltimore Opera Blogosphere, I happened upon a letter written to Tim Smith that he posted on his blog Clef Notes and Drama Queens.
I stand by my “I’d rather see blue jeans than empty seats” comment, but I am really glad to see that some folks are looking to make this a special event. From my perspective, as someone who sang regularly with the old company, this is truly a special and remarkable event. Going to rehearsals this week has been like “old home week.” We’re all so thrilled for Maestro Harp, and ecstatic to be playing on the home field again.
There was so much negativity (rightfully so) surrounding the collapse of the old company, it would be terrific if there was an equal amount of positive energy surrounding the launch of the new one. Jim’s idea is a fun way to show support for the new company….I hope it catches on, and we’ll just have to trust that it doesn’t make you look like a snobby, elite “opera” person…rather someone that has true excitement and pride in the fact that after three short years (well, OK, they were pretty long years) grand opera is back at the Lyric!
I completely agree with your comment. I want people to enjoy performances. If that means you march to your own sartorial drum… that’s fine. Just show up.
Although I don’t want to discount all the hard-work our many hometown opera companies have been doing during the last few years, it is downright nice to have Maestro Harp back at the helm of this grand company.
All that to say – I’ll leave my elitist heels at home and just wear the “opera rocks” ones instead.