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The changing landscape of audiences
Shoshana FanizzaAudience Development Specialists
“The simple answer is San Jose’s population changed a lot in three decades and the Rep changed very little.”
What's the difference between an opera and a musical?
Tim WongThe Telegraph
The line between operas and musicals is blurring. Earlier this month the English National Opera announced that the company will team up with Michael Grade and Michael Linnit to stage musicals – on top of their regular programme of operas. Aside from making full use of the Coliseum round the year, ENO is hoping that musicals will form part of an "audience development programme", nurturing opera goers of the future.

Thoughts on the Relevance of Nonprofit Management Curricula
Judith L. MillesenNonprofit Quarterly
What is the state of nonprofit management education today? From the ways we establish community value to a renewed emphasis on networking and an expanded menu of organizational designs (among other things), how we work in the sector is changing at a faster pace than ever.
Foursquare Checks Out of the Check-in Game, Reveals New Logo
Christina WarrenMashable
Foursquare's attempt to transform itself from a check-in app into Yelp continues with a new app and a new logo. Back in May, Foursquare announced that it was taking the check-in out of the main app and wrapping it into Swarm, a new distinct app. When Swarm was released, users who didn't download the app could continue to use Foursquare to check-in to their favorite locations.
Revenue, labor woes have Met Opera singing the blues
Theresa AgovinoCrain's New York
Those numbers, and the Met's deficit, are among some of the hard realities facing the company as it attempts to renegotiate contracts with its 15 unions. Many observers think a strike or lockout will occur, which could further damage the Met's shaky finances.
Opera's Old-Fashioned Race Problem
Gwynn GuilfordThe Atlantic
For the last two weekends, 38 white amateur performers in Seattle cinched up their obis and daubed on facepaint to perform The Mikado—standard fare for an operetta set on the fictional Japanese island Titipu where characters are given ridiculous names like Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum.
Metropolitan Opera Leader Warns of Lockout
Jennifer MaloneyThe Wall Street Journal
The Metropolitan Opera's general manager said Wednesday that the company would likely lock out its union workers starting Aug. 1, and advised employees to prepare for a work stoppage.
An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive
John McDulingQuartz
Music is now undeniably an internet industry—more than 70% of the music consumed in the first six months of the year in the US was either downloaded or streamed, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s latest numbers. And internet industries tend to be winner-takes-all markets. Think Google in search, YouTube in online video, or Facebook in social media.
David Pogue makes opera debut at Wolf Trap with Google Glass in ‘Carmen’
Anne MidgetteThe Washington Post
At Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, David Pogue is going on stage in “Carmen” with a Google Glass headset, a small wearable computer, and broadcasting snippets of the onstage action to give the audience a sense of what it’s like to be out there under the lights.
Arts companies must adapt to changes at Facebook, report reveals
Chris UnittThe Guardian
A new report released today by digital consultancy One Further reveals that updates to Facebook have resulted in arts companies' messages reaching fewer and fewer people. A new approach to Facebook page management may be necessary.
The Legal Pitfalls of Using Social Media
Asad AliCreative Bloq
There's no escaping the power or reach of social media, as newspapers, magazines and books are steadily being replaced by digital content on iPads, Kindles and smartphones. As both consumers and professionals, we are never far away from a device connecting us with online content that can be instantly shared with our friends and followers – which leaves us potentially vulnerable when it comes to legalities online.
Facebook Still Drives More Traffic Than Any Other Social Network
Alice TruongFast Company
From June 2013 to June 2014, Facebook drove 23.4% of social referrals across the web. Pinterest trailed at a distant second at 5.7%. Twitter, at 1%, came in third place, beating the combined referrals from StumbleUpon, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, according to content discovery company Shareaholic.
The Future of Opera
Terry TeachoutThe Wall Street Journal
Terry Teachout explains why opera needn't be bound for extinction.
Hear Elmer Fudd Sing Opera for the First Time
John JurgensenThe Wall Street Journal
A rare outtake from a Warner Bros. recording session documents the birth of one of Elmer Fudd’s most-quoted lines, from 1957’s “What’s Opera, Doc?” That cartoon and a trove of behind-the-scenes material help anchor a new exhibition about the animation director Chuck Jones, opening Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri announces charity concert for gay rights
Andrew Pottgaystarnews.com
Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account, but she is now planning a charity concert for LGBTI rights in the Georgian capital.
Opera Australia Announces Lianna Haroutounian as Replacement for Tamar Iveri
Staffbroadwayworld.com
Opera Australia announces their replacement for Tamar Iveri, the Georgian singer who was fired last week following Facebook comments she made in which she compared homosexuals with "faecal masses". Opera Australia, who describes Iveri's views as "unconscionable, released her from her contract to perform the role of Desdemona in their staging of Otello.
Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, Dies
Margalit FoxThe New York Times
Seymour Barab, a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza, died on June 28 in Manhattan. He was 93.
The Great Dream: An American Opera
Daron HagenThe Huffington Post
Philip Glass has penned at least 17; the fecund imagination of John Adams has so far brought forth two operas, a numbers musical, and an oratorio. Dominick Argento's 14 operas are a model of elegance and emotional integrity; William Bolcom's 10 are stylistically fearless and suave. In the near past, Gian Carlo Menotti created more than 25 "giovanni scuola" operas, two of which were awarded Pulitzer prizes.
Is it soup yet? Andy Warhol opera in progress
Samantha MelamedPhiladelphia Inquirer
On May 2, John Miles began the evening swathed in blue plastic, belting out Velvet Underground lyrics, and quoting Andy Warhol ("Oh wow! Oh gee!") at a pop-up performance with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At intermission, he left - and sped toward the Academy of Music in Friday evening traffic, to lend his baritone to the chorus in Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Opera Begins Here – Exploring Cavalli’s Calisto
Evans MirageasWVXU Cincinnati
Jove, ruler of the gods, sets his sights on the beautiful nymph Calisto. But she—a devotee of the goddess Diana—is sworn to die a virgin. Undeterred, Jove hatches a plan to wend his way into her heart (and her bed) by donning a Diana-like disguise. But when Jove’s wife catches wind of the scheme, neither god nor mortal can know how far her fury will go.
Vancouver opera scene is on a roll
David Gordon DukeEdmonton Journal
With the premiere a few weeks ago of the Stokes/Atwood collaboration Pauline and the building hype about Weisensel and Koyczan’s forthcoming Stickboy, the Vancouver opera scene is on a roll. Although we will have to wait for it until next year, another new work is underway: the comic opera Choir Practice by the team — in life as in art — of Stephen Chatman and Tara Wohlberg.
Lyric Opera lifts the veil on its work-in-progress “Bel Canto”
Dennis PokowThe Classical Review
On Friday, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented what it called a “Bel Canto Workshop” for some members of the media and a select group of donors in its William Mason rehearsal room.
Stalinist Opera Revived to Celebrate Crimea Takeover
Janos GerebenSan Francisco Classical Voice
On July 10, the St. Petersburg Opera Theater debuted Crimea, a new production based on a 1946 opera called The Sevastopolians by Marian Koval. Koval, who died in 1971, was a laureate of the prestigious Stalin Prize, and well known for his role in the Stalin-inspired campaign against fellow composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game
Anastasia TsioulcasUALR Public Radio
The Three Tenors joined to conquer. When this trio of famous opera singers — José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti — gave a one-night-only show at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium on July 16, 1994, it was a massive spectacle watched by a billion people worldwide. More than that, the Three Tenors phenomenon permanently altered how a large amount of classical music is presented, packaged and sold.
Central City Opera to Focus on Touring
Marc ShulgoldColorado Public Radio
Central City Opera will travel to small cities and towns around Colorado with three little-known, one-act operas: The Prodigal Son, one of three church parables by English composer Benjamin Britten; Don Quixote and the Duchess by French composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier; and The Blind, a 1994 work by Russian-born American composer Lera Auerbach, written for an a cappella chorus of 12 who portray a group of stranded blind people.  
10 Things About Having an Opera Career That You Don't Learn in School
Jennifer RiveraHuffington Post
So you have a bachelors and a masters degree in... opera singing. Congratulations! According to about 85% of the population, you may as well have an advanced degree in underwater basket weaving. Now that you've done your upteenth young artist training program, it's time to venture out into the big bad world of classical singing. As someone who has been working in this industry for the past 15 years, I wanted to share with all of you some of the tidbits I wished someone had told me when I was starting out. Brace yourselves - it's not all pretty.
NYC Opera Strikes Deal To Stay In Control Of Sale Talks
Andrew ScurriaLaw360
A New York City Opera Inc. suitor agreed Wednesday that the current board should remain in charge of shopping the bankrupt institution, deferring an attempt to hand control of the sale process to a trustee and giving the board of directors the summer to negotiate with potential buyers.
Lorin Maazel, an Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84
Allan KozinnThe New York Times
Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who went on to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and several other ensembles and companies around the world, and who was known for his incisive and sometimes extreme interpretations, died on Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84.
Opera in the modern world The lure of the old
E.H.B.Economist
Another opera season, another predictable La Traviata? Far from it, says Sir Mark Elder, the music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, who is conducting Verdi’s perennial favourite at this year's Glyndebourne festival. Well-researched performances can bring freshness to the most familiar works, he suggests. “I tell the singers, ‘if you get this bar right, it will be a world premiere’.”
Bicycle opera in gear for five-week tour
Trish CrawfordThe Star
There's a new kind of opera riding into town.
12 Reasons Why You Should Gracefully Resign from a Nonprofit Board
Gene TakagiNonprofit Quarterly
Twelve reasons why you should resign from a nonprofit board.
Boards and Magical Thinking
StaffNonprofit Quarterly
As a consultant to nonprofits in situations of instability or turnaround, I have spent considerable time studying precisely how and at what point nonprofits begin to get in trouble. I have backtracked the specific history of several nonprofit case studies to identify where a wrong turn was taken. In most such cases, it was a board decision—quiet acquiescence or approval of a strategic direction that was not sufficiently challenged. Board members would likely not take such chances in their own enterprises.
Improbable Tales: Nonprofit Gives Back $10 Million Grant (and $10M Match)
Ruth McCambridgeNonprofit Quarterly
When is a multimillion dollar grant not needed? When it locks you into a way of doing things that is either unsustainable or simply not ideal.
Wounded Warrior CEO Rips Rating Systems as ‘Ineffective and Misinformed’
Megan O'NeillChronicle of Philanthropy
Ratings systems by groups like Navigator and Charity Watch are at best "horribly ineffective and misinformed" and at worst "outright misleading the public," says the chief executive of a fast-growing veterans nonprofit.
Video: Foundations Reveal What They Look for in Grant Proposals
Idit Knaan & Megan O'NeillChronicle of Philanthropy
What are grant makers looking for in proposals?

In this video, shot at the Council on Foundation's recent annual conference in Washington, officials from the Walmart Foundation, Ford Foundation, Berks County Community Foundation, the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, and the Minnesota Council on Foundations discuss the characteristics that make a grant proposal grab their attention and move to the top of the pile.
Women in theatre: how the '2:1 problem' breaks down
Guardian/Elizabeth FreestoneThe Guardian
How well are women represented in theatre? New research by the Guardian in collaboration with Elizabeth Freestone shows a mixed picture.
What Do Opera Singers Actually Get Paid?
Jennifer RiveraHuffington Post
There has been a lot of union activity lately in the opera world, and numbers have been thrown around in the press which have caused many an ear to perk up.
New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival
Julie DeneshaKCUR.org
Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 short story "The Masque of the Red Death" serves as the inspiration for a new opera called "Red Death" that premieres next week in Kansas City, Mo.
Potential buyer of New York City Opera objects to delays
Edith HonanReuters
A creditor who hopes to rescue the bankrupt New York City Opera filed an objection on Monday to delays in consideration of his bid and called for an independent trustee to be put in charge.
Backstage Breakdown
James PaneroCity Journal
Labor troubles in the performing arts have often reached operatic proportions.
Two Sides to Every Screen
Keith CernyTheaterJones
In a recent interview on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters, the General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb, revealed that 75 percent of the American theatrical audience for the Met HD broadcasts is older than 65, and 30 percent of the total audience is older than 75. This surprising announcement started me thinking about different segments of the opera audience, particularly in light of TDO’s emphasis on “community footprint” as the central element of its audience development strategy.
Google Glass, Social Media Topics for Spark!
Janet Gramza Sightlines (USITT)
What place do Google Glass, social media, and smartphone apps have at live performances?
'A Streetcar Named Desire': Opera score gets new treatment
Joshua KosmanSFGate
Composer André Previn's operatic treatment of "A Streetcar Named Desire" has gone through some up-and-down cycles since its 1998 world premiere at the San Francisco Opera, which commissioned the piece under former General Director Lotfi Mansouri. There have been a few scattered productions over the intervening years, but it's never quite gained a solid foothold in the repertoire.
Under Re-Construction: San Diego Opera Cutting Costs and Rebuilding Trust for 50th Anniversary Season
Eileen CunniffeNonprofit Quarterly
Throughout the spring, NPQ followed the travails of the well-regarded San Diego Opera, which stunned subscribers, funders and the opera community when it announced in March that it would cease operations at the end of the 2014 season. When last we reported on the situation, things were looking up: The company was under new board and staff leadership, a crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $2 million in less than a month, and the 2015 season was taking shape. Two new reports highlight the ongoing efforts to streamline expenses and to restore confidence in the company’s leadership.
Financial Cautionary Tales for Nonprofits (Google+ Hangout)
Ruth McCambridge & Kate BarrNonprofit Quarterly
The sector is full of stories about how organizations got themselves in a world of financial hurt. Some of these situations are, of course less than perfectly predictable but some are foreseeable because they are so common. One of the most astute financial analysts in the sector joined Ruth McCambridge in an hour long discussion of familiar financial traps, and how best to immunize your organization against financial woes.
Meet Nicole Paiement
Gregory Sullivan IsaacsTheater Jones
 In the appointing of new artistic staff in the past year, the Dallas Opera added Nicole Paiement to the roster in June. She becomes the group’s first-ever Principal Guest Conductor, following the appointment of Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director a year prior; and preceding the more recent appointment of Ian Derrer as Artistic Administrator.
$750,000 grant will help HGO produce 5 new operas
Molly GlentzerHouston Chronicle
A $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help Houston Grand Opera commission five new works, including a chamber opera based on the Columbia space shuttle tragedy.
Who is Creative Placemaking? New Music, Integrity, and Community
Daniel Siepmann NewMusicBox
Daniel Siepmann examines the relationship between new music and placemaking – a new approach to contemporary arts funding that purports to culturally and economically reinvigorate American places through the arts. 
Why is the Arts Council punishing ENO for innovation and imagination?
Michael BillingtonThe Guardian
Where's the shock and outrage? The news that English National Opera is to face a massive 29% cut, or £5m a year, in its Arts Council funding has been greeted with astonishing equanimity. Even John Berry, the company's artistic director, responded to a story in the London Evening Standard headlined ENO is the biggest loser in emollient tones. It was all foreseen, he assured Standard readers. "We are radically reinventing ourselves and the Arts Council's offer of transition funding (a one-off grant of £7.6m) is very welcome in helping us to do this."
Cincinnati Opera is going mobile
Mike SarasonSoapbox Cincinnati
Cincinnati Opera has embarked on a new and innovative project called the Opera Express, thanks to a $50,000 Revolutionary Grant from OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program.

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