Formal Attire at the Opera? Here’s What Some Opera Houses Say

In The Metropolitan Opera House : Scene From Die Meistersinger, 1898 (Public Domain/From the New York Public Library)

In a widely-circulated column in The Guardian, dated Oct. 14, writer Howard Jacobson argues that opera audiences have become too casual, and that men should wear suits and ties to performances in an effort to “commemorate the specialness of an occasion.” He recounts attending a performance of a Mozart opera in London recently and being the only man in his row wearing a formal suit, while others wandered in sporting gym shoes, jeans and polo shirts. Continue reading “Formal Attire at the Opera? Here’s What Some Opera Houses Say”

If Sea World Draws Criticism, Should the Opera Too?

A scene from De Materie by Louis Andriessen, directed by Heiner Goebbels. Photograph: Stephanie Berger

A provocative article on the website Counterpunch looks at whether there is a double standard when it comes to the use of live animals in works of art. At a time when Sea World and Ringling Bros. have bowed to public pressure and changed their policies on captive orca whales and elephants, respectively, New York artists and their audiences seem particularly enthralled this season by exhibits and productions featuring animals as performers. Continue reading “If Sea World Draws Criticism, Should the Opera Too?”