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Back to the Future in New York

Oct 12, 2017

Joyce DiDonato is singing the role of Adalgisa in a new production of Norma at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Simon Pauly

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross has a theory about the present state of classical music culture in New York City.  It's back to the future. 

In his words, leading institutions are choosing repertoire that reflect "the eternal return to the world that was." 

"As the nation contends with its racist and misogynist demons, New York’s leading musical institutions give us canonical pieces by white males, conducted by white males, directed by white males. The Met’s productions this season feature no female composers, no female conductors, and no women directing new stagings."

Ross makes the case in this article that deep conservatism in the concert hall is not a good thing. 

"It is no wonder that younger generations stay away from institutions whose programming makes Donald Trump’s Cabinet look vibrantly diverse in comparison." 

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