The idea came from the company’s artistic director, the late Lotfi Mansouri, who recalled in a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts interview that not everyone thought his idea was a good one.
“I got blasted,” Mansouri said. “They called it the ‘plague from Canada.’ I had vulgarized opera, but I didn’t give a damn because all of a sudden, the audience was involved.” Full story.
Jeff Lunden (npr music) / January 21, 2018
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