PT9: The Business of our Art, Part 1, with Viswa Subbaraman

In the first installment of this two-part episode, we talk with Viswa Subbaraman about starting a contemporary opera company, the role of the orchestra, and why we need to be able to communicate with administration and marketing.

This week we discuss:

  • Accidentally studying with Kurt Masur
  • Skylight Music Theatre
  • Relevant Opera vs Rented Opera
  • First opera, then orchestra
  • Opera Vista
    • Powder Her Face makes Wozzeck looks easy”
  • Flexibility in the pit
    • And the myriad difficulties of performing in an opera
  • Teaching style to the orchestra
  • Starting an opera company
  • What is the role of an orchestra?
  • “We’ve let the business of our art get away from us.”
    • “We have the most idiotic art form in the world.”

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