Posted 13 December 2008 - 10:11 PM
Do you think audience surveys are worthwhile, or do they lead to pandering on the part of arts organizations?
Do you think that arts institutions actually pay attention to the results of such surveys, or do other factors predominate in programming? Put it another way: do some companies choose repertoire in spite of what surveys and box office receipts tell them; is this a good thing?
Have your requests or suggestions been heeded?
Do theatres really need to ask whether audiences prefer Italian opera to German opera?
Posted 13 December 2008 - 10:36 PM
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Pelleas et Melisande
Iphigenie en Tauride
Un Ballo in Maschera
La Clemenza di Tito
War and Peace
Nixon in China
and they'd go broke.
In Seattle, Speight Jenkins tends toward the Balanchinian: he makes a meal of each season, and for every new or "difficult" opera, there's usually an antidote, like "Pearl Fishers" (French, melodic) after "Elektra" (German, dramatic, some would say strident). I think it's interesting that we're also getting a "Bluebeard's Castle"/"Erwartung" double bill in the same season as "Elektra", but the season was bookended by "Aida", where normally there is a German opera in the summer, and the season ends with "Marriage of Figaro".
Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:18 AM
Posted 15 December 2008 - 06:13 AM
Both ABT and Perm are bringing (surprise!) Giselle later this season. Apparently only that and Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty are considered appropriate for tours to south Florida.
Volcanohunter, I'd be interested to hear what kind of questions Paris asked in their survey. Given that there is controversy about the increasing bias towads the contemporary by POB management, did you have the sense that they were trying to measure audience feelings about that issue?
Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:13 AM
On the operatic side, the choices offered were Italian, French, German/Austrian, Wagner, and Slavic opera. There didn't seem to be as much emphasis on period as I would've expected. The questionnaire also asked whether I attended symphonic concerts, how many Paris Opera performances I attended in the last year, which other Parisian musical theatres I'd visited, which media sources I used for concert information (not particularly relevant in my case), my occupation and where I lived.
I'm assuming that the questionnaire was sent to those who purchased tickets to the Paris Opera in the last year. Obviously, I wouldn't be a typical patron. In my case a relevant question would have been something like: what would you be willing to cross the Atlantic for to see?
Posted 15 December 2008 - 12:43 PM
Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:21 PM
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