In college, a classmate was majoring in music, training to be an opera singer. After college she trained to become a mobility specialist for the seeing impaired. Soon she was a brandname in the field, publishing even textbooks. Those who had stuck with the opera-singing career path might not have fared so well.
In New York City, last October the Opera had filed a Chapter 11. Its fundraising had failed. Bloomberg reports that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane has given it permission to auction off costumes, wigs, props, and musical instruments. Here is that coverage.
Perhaps this art form simply can't sustain itself. In college, my major had been English. I wonder how long fiction in the form of the novel can manage to continue to make it commercially. On Craigslist, there are fewer help-wanted for guidance in putting together a novel. On Sundays, I pass up the "Book Review" section in THE NEW YORK TIMES, at least the fiction part.
This blog hopes the out-of-work employees from the New York City Opera can find a way to make a living.