‘Musical or Opera? Stage Companies Are Drawing on Both Art Forms’

‘Musical or Opera? Stage Companies Are Drawing on Both Art Forms’

“As opera houses search for new works and new audiences — and, ultimately, new sources of income and guaranteed ticket sales — musicals may be a salvation and, most likely, a staple of future repertoires. Musicals are drawing in audiences who have never attended a traditional opera — 50 percent of the audience at the recent Lyric Opera production of “Oklahoma!” were seeing their first production at the opera house — but also drawing the most jaded of opera-goers and symphony subscribers weary of yet another “Don Giovanni” or Beethoven’s Fifth.”

Where do you think the boundaries lie between the world of musical theatre and opera?  What is the worth of highlighting the similarities and intrinsic links between the forms?

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