Terry Teachout, a writer from the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article on July 8th, titled “Why Does New York Need Two Opera Companies?” In this article, Teachout asks, “Should the company instead turn back the clock and stick to “Carmen” and “La Boheme”?”… “I don’t have an answer…” (Teachout; 2011).
To answer Mr. Teachout’s question: they already have. Although City Opera showcased modernist works like Séance on a Wet Afternoon and Treemonisha in the 2010-11 seasons, it looks like they will return to the classics in 2011-12.
City Opera will bring Verdi’s La Traviata to NYC audiences as well as a restructured production of Handel’s Orpheus and Eurydice titled, Orpheus. (Please have a look at their official announcement). Tickets for these productions are not yet available but opera fans should keep an eye on www.nycopera.com in the future.