This is an open letter to anyone who has ever dismissed sexism in opera as an inherent product of the times. This is an open letter to anyone who’s ever stumbled upon criticism of racist practices in classical music, and done nothing but shrug, dismissing those criticisms as the ill-informed ramblings of a starry-eyed Social Justice Warrior.
This is an open letter to anyone who thinks that classical music shouldn’t be held to the same standards of critique, dialogue, and evolution as literally every other art form — who thinks that #OscarsSoWhite might apply in Hollywood, but certainly not in the concert hall.
This is an open letter to anyone who claims that calling Don Giovanni a rapist is a step too far. This is an open letter to anyone who thinks it doesn’t even matter what we call him, because in the end, it’s only an opera, and can’t we leave politics out of it?
No — no we can’t. Because opera is never only opera, and politics and art are inexorably linked. And if you happen to feel otherwise — well, this letter is for you. Continue reading →
Throughout my summer internship, senior staff from a variety of departments presented informative seminars to the interns. I took extensive notes during these seminars, and have been organizing them into unnecessarily elaborate visuals using the wicked fun infographic generator Canva, because let’s be real, I’d rather do that than make reeds. Here are some words of wisdom from the Executive Director of the WNO, as he describes how customer service is as important a part of the artistic experience as the art itself.