Safety Last

Hey, one of our favorite people here at Soho the Dog HQ picked up a couple of Grammys last light. Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar won for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. ¡Felicitaciones! As for the rest of the Grammys, suffice to say that Bon Jovi won for a country song. And Lenny Gomulka was robbed. Robbed.

Here’s some good timing: Opera Boston announced this week that they’ll present Ainadamar next season, along with Handel’s Semele and Verdi’s Ernani. Pretty interesting season, no? Also this week, the other opera company in town, Boston Lyric Opera, announced their upcoming season: La Bohéme, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio—not so interesting. I mean, I’m a committed Elixir junkie, but if you only get three slots a year, you might want to perhaps survey some repertoire that isn’t also being sung by college training programs around town. (BU put on Bohéme not long ago; Boston Conservatory is mounting Elixir this spring.) BLO’s general manager was quoted as saying, “Our recent audience survey says that both single-ticket and subscription buyers are saying that they really prefer the top 10 or 20 operas, and lesser-known masterworks by popular composers.” Hmmm… you asked your audience what operas they liked, and they failed to mention any pieces they didn’t know? What a shocker. You know, if your idea of management is giving the customer what they already know they want, there’s a bright future for you in retail fast-food sales.

Here’s a fun stat: with Ainadamar, Opera Boston will have presented more works by living composers since 2003 than BLO has in their entire history (going back 30 years). Can you guess who’ll be the beneficiary of my pocket money?

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