SanderO, on Oct 9 2007, 02:36 PM, said:
When you examine the number of people involved in a MetOpera production, it must number up to 1,000 with the stage hands, costumers, singers, dancers, orchestra and so on. Yet the MetOpera issues a schedule / program and unless their is a health related matter the show goes on as listed. Why can't the ABT do this? And the Met DOES new and challenging productions each season.
I don't really see the comparison is an apples to apples one.
It isn't like the MetOpera lists all those 1000 people on a schedule/program.
They list the top performers, no?
Which is what ABT does, and they switch them out if someone is sick or injured, and the schedule needs to be adjusted accordingly.
I'm not disagreeing that it is REALLY frustrating when you want to see performer A and get stuck with performer B; it is!
But part of the reason ABT's schedule changes more is due to the fact dancers are injured with a greater frequency than Opera Singers, and also that ABT, especially when doing mixed bill programming is having to do a more complicated balancing act.
Furthermore since they are listing a greater number of performers per evening, there is an increased likelihood that someone will be unable to perform.