There’s a good article in Opera News, by features editor Brian Kellow, who looks at the current state of opera audiences. He believes that “over the past twenty years, much of the life — much of the fun — has been drained out of the operagoing experience, and the audience has been gradually tamed and muted. They're paying top dollar for their subscription tickets, and they honestly want to enjoy themselves. But if they are having a good time, why do so many reactions to performances seem so subdued? Where are the throat-ripping "bravos" routinely heard on so many old pirated recordings?”.
Our approach at Pinchgut Opera is that the music comes first and everything we do supports this - from casting, staging and venue to marketing and promotion. We believe that those that come to a performance need not be afraid to try it and, we hope, be surprised how much they like it.
We produce beautiful operas that are rarely performed because we want people to be amazed and delighted by a new experience. Choosing a hall where the orchestra and the singers can be seen and heard well so that the music can overwhelm the audience was part of trying to bring a new experience of opera to our audiences.
We do hope you will give us a try….