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Video Published: 16 Sep 2020

Managing the Challenges of the Inherited Repertoire: Panel Discussion

Opera houses have been filled for years with performances of the European repertoire inherited from the extended 19th century, from Mozart to Puccini. In the 21st century, these works are being re-examined through the lens of contemporary social norms, and many of them are found to revolve around stories that invoke harmful stereotypes, the mistreatment of women, and a culture of oppression. Should these works be dropped from the repertoire? Should they be retold in ways that align with today’s values? What are producers and artists to do?


Cori Ellison, dramaturg, American Lyric Theater (moderator)
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
Marcus Doshi, production designer
Bernard Foccroulle, former general director, La Monnaie and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Cayenne Harris, vice president, education and community engagement, University Musical Society
E. Loren Meeker, general and artistic director, OPERA San Antonio
Yuval Sharon, artistic director, Michigan Opera Theatre and The Industry
Aria Umezawa, director and producer