For real:

Mr. Manahan’s unavailability, Mr. Steel said, illuminated another matter for him, that “given the size of the company now, it doesn’t make sense for us to have a music director.”

I know people who have played in the City Opera, and I  took a class during my Masters under one of their current principals, so I have been hesitant in saying this, but the City Opera is no longer a real opera company any more.  This is depressing to think about, because what it looks like from where I am sitting is that this total collapse has occurred more from horrible management rather than the combined bad luck of a dying audience and the impact of a Lesser Depression.

Here’s some tragic-comic commentary from a conductor’s point of view, it seems to me that it’s getting hard to keep crying about the state of the arts in this country, all one can do is laugh.

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