Manager / Director:
20 October 2016
The German opera at the Olympic Theater has moved into another ‘slumber’. This happened undeservedly so, because the performances were the best we have ever experienced in New York. The repertoire was also a good one: Tell, Tannhäuser, Lustige Weiber, Czar und Zimmermann. (…) We wished that another attempt to revive the German opera would be made. Maybe the German audience would wake up and realize that a very good opera company exists among us.
The Italian Opera ensemble, just as the German Opera ensemble, has “died”. Both companies carried the seed of death in them when they started out. Both were ill-managed. The German performances were not sufficiently rehearsed and prepared, and some of the performers could not live up to the demands of their parts. The blame is entirely on the impresario, for some of the performers were quite accomplished and experienced. There was simply not enough time given to prepare, even for the best of them. Every night, a different opera was put on stage. More care was given to the versatility of the repertoire than to the rehearsals. The audience, which was more supportive in the beginning, got smaller and smaller. Therefore the revenue was not profitable enough to support the ensemble.