National Opera Review: 2. Submission by The Music Trust

Dear Review Panel

We are pleased to have the opportunity to make this submission.

It has been formulated by The Music Trust, a national organisation established in 2013 to undertake projects to advance music in Australia. Since it is new, a summary of its activities:

  • It has advocated on behalf of, inter alia, school music education, strengthening ABC Classic FM, culture's place in international trade agreements, arts funding policy and via this submission, the development of opera in Australia.
  • Its website, the Music in Australia Knowledge Base is an ambitious program to attempt to describe the entire Australian music sector.
  • That website has recently added an assessment of the NAPLAN program and a complex economic analysis to project possible best and worst case scenarios for the Australian music sector to the year 2035.
  • The Trust organises the prestigious Freedman Music Awards in classical music and jazz, and a research award in music education.
  • It undertakes research, produces papers, and publishes monthly reviews of music books and recordings.

In its activities, it is guided by an Advisory Council of very distinguished members of the cultural sector.[1] The Director is Dr Richard Letts and some biographical information can be found in the footnote. [2]

The submission has benefited from input by a number of opera and music professionals and companies, for which we are greatly appreciative.

Until the time came to send the submission, we were not aware of the Review's template for submissions. We apologise for not using that format. As you will see, this is a very detailed submission and to rewrite it in the official format is not now possible for us. However, the submission does take your discussion paper as its starting point and we believe that you will find it addresses the options you suggest.

We have completed the first page of the template and send that with this document.

Yours sincerely

Richard Letts AM
Director

Executive summary of the proposals made in this submission

The fundamental problem facing opera in Australia is that on the one hand, its audience, as recorded for the four funded companies, has halved from 2007 to 2013 and on the other, to most of the rest of the population, it is an unappealing anachronism. As a consequence it is endangered and priority must be given to a response: not only a more efficient delivery of the status quo but a strategic involvement of the entire opera sector in the creation of opera of our time with quality and integrity, capable of attracting a large audience.

This submission makes the following proposals. Here they are stated very briefly but in some instances, will make sense only when the accompanying argument is read.

THE FUNDAMENTAL PROPOSAL: Resources are concentrated on activities that are most likely to strengthen the present and future situation of the artform

The particular strategies that follow are these:

Build artistic vibrancy in a way that addresses opera's existential problem

  • Present operas of our time that have the prospect of attracting a large audience. Initially most of these will be foreign and already have demonstrated their artistic success and popularity. Provide some additional financial support to mitigate risk.
  • Create a program to support the development and presentation of operas created by Australians. The Verdi operas most performed today begin with his fifteenth. Australian creators need multiple opportunities to write, workshop, produce and present new operas. Some operas will be audience-friendly, some challenging.
  • Implement strategies to strengthen the audience for the heritage. We agree with proposals made by the Review.
  • Improve the circumstances of singers, musicians and technical staff so that they have greater opportunity to derive a living from their art. We support the proposals made by the Review but concede that some of our other proposals may be in conflict and so make two special proposals.
  • Develop programs to bridge the gap between tertiary study and full professional employment. This is not a problem to be solved only by the four companies that are subject to the review. To be considered: creation or strengthening of companies set up to give experience to young artists in performing major roles; utilisation of small touring companies as at present; collaborations between companies and tertiary institutions; young artist programs of the major companies

Reconceive the roles of opera companies of all sizes and objectives

  • There should be a national opera strategy for the structure and operation of the opera sector in Australia in which all the major companies are state companies of more equal standing than at present, each with its own identity resulting from its history, circumstances, repertoire choices and style of production. Commonwealth subsidies might be decided in part on the population sizes of the cities served along with the size of investments by state governments.
  • The concept of the national company is terminated. Opera Australia no longer tours to Melbourne. The Victorian Opera probably becomes the main provider of opera to Melbourne. Opera Australia remains the largest company serving the largest city and audience and it could on that account, and its history, also perform some special roles in, e.g., maintaining the major workshop for construction of sets and costumes and offering full time employment to principal singers.
  • Rather than mandate maintenance of a Major Opera Company as a condition of Commonwealth support, states are free to configure opera services as they wish
  • Companies would collaborate with festivals in a particular way, to support new opera, encourage the development of distinctive company identity and create a sense of a national opera scene in which all companies are contributors.
  • A truly national opera review would consider the fit for purpose of all companies including the small ones, across a wide range of activities - performances, the composer workshops, touring, training, programs for schools.

Implement strategies for audience development

  • The Review's definition of "access" is not that in common usage -i.e. overcoming obstacles resulting from disadvantage. The companies might review their strategies in this area.
  • Develop strategies to build audiences for operas of our time, including operas of wide appeal and operas of a more specialist nature. This should be a concerted national effort, not just the normal company marketing of operas one at a time. That would miss the point.
  • Develop the audience of younger adults. Recent research revealed that "social connection is a strong component of music listening; you bond with your peers" over your musical choices. For older adults, music is a "source of meaning and personal growth." Experiments in attracting young audiences often take into account their social motivation.
  • Audiences of school children are served by the companies' educational programs but research suggests that children's emergence as adult ticket buyers does not follow attendance at performances but continuing participation in music making programs. How can opera companies support ongoing participatory programs offered by others?

Resources are reduced for, or withdrawn from activities that do not strongly address the fundamental proposal

  • Terminate the application of opera subsidies to regional touring. The benefits of living in the regions are multiple but they do not include local access to activities such as AFL finals or opera that depend upon large audiences. The regional audiences for opera, as revealed by the Review, are very small and there is high cost in reaching them. The subsidies should be reapplied to the fundamental proposal. If it is politically impossible to terminate regional touring, the economics should be investigated to discover whether the tours are best delivered by major companies or small, specialised companies.

Activities of primarily commercial intent are structured so as to ensure that they do not divert energies nor government subsidies from the operatic mission

  • Commercial music theatre ventures should be set up as independent companies which pass on their profits to their opera company investors. This will ensure that opera company funds are separately accounted for and cannot include subsidies. It will also protect the opera companies from financial loss from what are financially risky operations.

Create an entity that oversees implementation, review and continuing development of a national opera strategy

  • The implementation of a national opera strategy needs an oversight body that has wider concerns than the daily situation of each opera company. It should be responsive to opera company circumstances but able to take a broader view and to find ways to encourage a common effort. It should be at arm's length from government in order to protect the Minister from direct lobbying by particular interests and to keep the strategy on track.

Introduction

Imagine if Australian live theatre companies performed virtually nothing written after 1910. If the only novels available to us were written in the 18th and 19th centuries. If commercial radio broadcast no music more recent than music hall songs from World War 1. If nearly all television drama comprised adaptations of 19C plays and these, serialised, were also the source of TV soap operas.

Most of us could readily improvise reasons that these programs would have small and diminishing audiences.

In Australia, Opera Australia has at its disposal 74% of the opera funding for the national and three state companies (excluding Victorian Opera) and the opera audiences in the cities with about 60% of the metropolitan population. For its core opera program, it appears to be above all dependent upon box office from ten popular operas from the eighteenth, nineteenth and in two cases, the early twentieth century (the latter still very much in 19C mode), which it repeatedly recycles. From the last century, it has presented few operas and most of them were composed by Benjamin Britten between 55 and 70 years ago. Since 1991, 24 years ago, it has presented seven mainstage contemporary Australian operas, the last, Bliss, in 2010. (In 2015, it co-produced and presented a non-mainstage children's opera, The Rabbits.)

Despite increased concentration on the ten popular operas, the OA audience for mainstage opera has declined from 190,000 to 130,000 (32%) from 2009 to 2014 (Review Exhibit 6.7). The mainstage opera audience for the four companies decreased by about 46% from 2007 to 2013 (Review Exhibit 4.3). The opera audience has fallen in other countries also. From 2002-2012, the opera audience in the USA diminished by one third (see Appendix 1).

The disappearance of the audience in Australia clearly is not a consequence of lassitude by the opera companies. Their marketing is vigorous. The entire strategy of Opera Australia for the programs from around 2012 onwards appears to have been directed to addressing the decline in audience by attracting first-time attendees, for instance by increased concentration on the most popular operas. The Review shows the evidence that the strategy has not worked. It suggests that the GFC is an important causal factor and we accept that. However, while this is an assertion we do not support with research, we believe that the main cause is evident and simple.

Opera as presented in Australia is for the most part, not an art of our time. The dramatic situations depicted in 18th and 19 th century European operas are increasingly foreign to Australian audiences. The singing style is alien to the musical expectations and experience of most Australians as is, perhaps to a lesser extent, the music as a whole. (More broadly, live theatrical performance is, for many, anachronistic and apparently unappealing (e.g. Exhibit 4.3.)) Young people are uncomfortable with the setting, rituals and protocols of opera performances, which may also seem to come from another time. While we want to see the survival of the heritage, it would seem that the heritage is not an attractive entry point for prospective new audience members.

For years now, articles in the print media have provoked with headlines asserting that "Classical Music Is Dead". Dead because it died of old age. In opera, with its static repertoire from past centuries, there are attempts to give life support through the restaging of old operas in present times - a tacit acknowledgement of, but non-solution to the problem.

Surely, whatever the strengths and weaknesses of Australian opera companies in presenting this repertoire, the underlying reason for the difficulties in the sector is that opera, as mostly presented in Australia, is an anachronism. In what it depicts and how it depicts it, the opera heritage does not speak to an audience that, escapism aside, wants the life it lives reflected and explicated on the stage in a language that it finds moving.

Some of our opera companies are responding to this issue through commissioning new works with a contemporary feel that may attract good audiences. WAO and OA commissioned classically trained pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke to write a children's opera, The Rabbits. We have read that it played to sold-out seasons in Perth and Melbourne. SOSA is now workshopping the opera Cloudstreet, a story of ordinary folk in Perth and already a hit as a novel and as a play. WAO, New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera have commissioned rock singer Neil Finn to compose an opera, Star Navigator. Together, these works may begin informally to create some momentum. What could happen if there were a formal strategy to carry us faster in this new direction?

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The task of the Review

The Discussion Paper is a valuable document. Addressing its Terms of Reference, it brings together a wealth of factual information and expert analysis and many interesting options for future development.

Unfortunately, as a "national opera review", its focus as set forth in the Terms of Reference is too narrow. A review of the performance of only the four major companies now funded by the Commonwealth has produced useful proposals for improved management but does not consider, for instance, how the sector as a whole could be its most productive and whether some of the functions of the four companies might be better managed by other entities. The exclusion from the Terms of Reference of the Victorian Opera - and indeed, important small companies - demonstrates that the present situation is to some extent an accident of history rather than the result of a comprehensive vision of how opera can flourish in this country.

The Review has taken some advantage of an appended Term of Reference: " The Review may also examine and report on any other issues it considers relevant or incidental ", but in ways that tend, for instance, to bring in other companies as extensions of the interests of the funded four rather than centres in their own right. We urge that the "other issues" are fully explored and indeed, our submission assumes that the Review is authorised to do so. We note that this does not preclude full consideration of the main terms of reference.

It is our perception that for all the insightful analysis offered by the draft review, it basically proposes actions that could slow the decline of the status quo and does not deal with the fundamental problem: opera as we are experiencing it in Australia and, largely, elsewhere, is an art form from older foreign cultures, dependent mainly on older audiences who are passing on. Younger audiences are at an increasing distance from the content and ethos of heritage opera.

The thesis of this submission is above all that contemporary audiences may be drawn to opera by new works that speak to their interests. Once enthused by contemporary opera, new audiences may also discover the heritage.

This is the reverse of the prevailing concept: that the core audience listens to the heritage and from there, a few adventurers will find new opera. That is a road that the young are not travelling. It has not, and seems unlikely to produce audiences of a size that will be economically viable. And in any case, in Australia, there is little new work and the company with three quarters of the audience is not presenting it.

What could we be seeking?

Yes, we certainly do want the survival of the opera heritage.

But musical genres evolve, sometimes disappear, depending upon the circumstances of the living population. In our world, many musical traditions have become endangered species as the ways of life from which they arose disappear.

If opera as we now know it were to disappear, we want it to be survived by a form that has comparable expressive power, complexity and nuance and is important to an audience large enough to ensure its survival and evolution.

We might hope that it continues to offer opportunity for the unamplified human voice, the symphony orchestra, live performance, but if any of these are overtaken by a new zeitgeist, we still need a dramatic musical form with expressive power, complexity and nuance supported by a sufficient, appreciative audience. Perhaps the best way to achieve this is through evolution from the heritage.

But at the moment, we are hostage to the heritage.

The present situation of opera in Australia is that it is bound to a very small part of the heritage. The Victorian and South Australian companies make a consistent effort to present new opera but nationally, there is no evident plan to renovate the repertoire so that it attracts audiences into the future. Opera's organisational structure derives from history rather than present circumstances. Opera is spending its limited resources on activities that will not strengthen its core institutions and operations.

We propose that the highest priority for Major Opera Companies is mainstage opera or its evolutionary progeny which might include digital forms of opera or opera delivery. Opera audiences are shrinking and fine tuning the system is not an appropriate response. All resources should be directed towards strengthening the artform, its practice and its audience.

A brief summary of our proposals

  1. The fundamental proposal: Resources are concentrated on activities that are most likely to strengthen the present and future cimcumstances of the artform. These include:
    1. Strategies to increase artistic vibrancy: in repertoire and in the nurture of artists in all aspects of presentation
      1. Repertoire considerations include:
        1. The presentation of operas of our time that have the prospect of attracting a large audience
        2. Creation of a program that will support the development and presentation of opera created by Australians
        3. The presentation of the opera heritage
      2. The nurture of artists
        1. Improvement of the circumstances of singers, musicians and technical staff so that they have greater opportunity for deriving a living from their art in Australia
        2. Development of programs that assist the transition between graduation from tertiary study and full professional employment
    2. Reconceptualisation of the structure of opera nationally and the roles of the federal and state funding bodies in supporting it
      1. Development of state companies of greater equality and strength, each with its own identity resulting from its history and circumstances, repertoire choices and style of production
      2. Termination of the concept of the national company
      3. Another option: the states may organise their opera provision as they wish
      4. The utilisation of festivals as one means of building the identity of state companies and supporting the development of new opera
      5. Consideration of the roles of smaller companies and how they are to be supported
    3. Implementation of strategies for audience development. These will include:
      1. Access strategies
      2. Audiences for operas of our time, including operas of wide appeal and operas of more specialist nature
      3. Audiences of younger adults
      4. Audiences of school children
  2. Resources are reduced for, or withdrawn from activities that do not strongly address proposal A. These include:
    1. Regional touring
    2. Community programs
  3. Activities of primarily commercial intent are structured so as to ensure that they do not divert energies from the main task not call upon government subsidies intended for the support of the opera programs
    1. These include commercial musical theatre ventures, which should be set up under independent companies which pass on their profits to their opera company parents
  4. An entity is created to oversee implementation, review and continuing development of a national opera strategy
  5. Conclusion

The submission works through the proposals in the sequence shown above. It frequently refers to the draft Review, identifying Review items by their code numbers.

THE PROPOSALS

  1. Resources are concentrated on activities that are most likely to strengthen the present and future circumstances of the artform. These include:
    1. Strategies to increase artistic vibrancy: in repertoire and in the nurture of artists in all aspects of presentation
      1. Repertoire considerations:
        1. The presentation of operas of our time that have the prospect of attracting a large audience

Few as they have been, most new operas presented in Australia in recent decades have been modernist and difficult for audiences. There probably is an expectation in the general opera audience that if a work is new, it will be unpleasant. For this artform, in which major companies need large audiences and long runs in order to minimise financial losses, the consequence has been a heavy concentration of companies and audiences on the opera heritage.

The Review has shown the consequences. Too many performances of about ten popular operas in an effort to build the audience which nevertheless has dwindled, a reduction in the number of productions and performances of less familiar works with an even greater loss of the committed audience. From the national company's director, an almost belligerent assertion that it would not be presenting new works.

The task is to evolve an opera of our time that appeals to a large audience. Our proposal is, initially, to present existing operas with this potential. We have seen some here already: Moby Dick, Of Mice and Men, Dead Man Walking, Nixon in China, the Glass trilogy (most under auspices other than those of Opera Australia). As noted, Australian companies are beginning to commission operas of this sort.

Probably such operas do not yet have a substantial audience in Australia. They are unfamiliar territory for an audience that is strongly given to familiarity.

However, Australia has the advantage that a good number of these operas have been tested elsewhere. Companies can choose works a) of quality and integrity that b) have already been relatively successful with audiences. Over time, companies can give audiences a consistent experience that says new operas will not be unpleasant, in some cases will be moving or invigorating or even fun, and have connections to our world.

New opera in the USA was mostly not committed to modernism and followed a more audience-friendly path. We are told anecdotally that regional companies, especially, are succeeding with these operas. Works also appear from other countries such as Finland. If there is a sufficient flow and skilful marketing, an audience will develop. The strategy needs to be given, say, a decade to work.

[The Philadelphia Opera now has a guiding narrative that has turned things around for the company. Music director Corrado Rovaris says the company is continuing with core repertoire but also developing genre-bending works, adding that what might have once seemed like the "safe road" in terms of repertoire would not have, in fact, been safe. Audiences for traditional works in the canon continue to contract, the company's research shows.

New works and expanding the idea of what musical-theatrical pieces can be done under the banner of an opera company are the path forward, he said. "It's the only way to build a new audience." http://articles.philly.com/2015-10-02/news/67048491_1_opera-philadelphia-la-traviata-corrado-rovaris ]

Australian works must be included but it may be that few exist at this time. Our next section has a proposal to remedy that. Both categories of operas of our time will need special financial support and we here propose how that might be achieved.

It is proposed to construct a fund from the $1.4m budget of the Opera Conference including funds for regional touring, and $3m in Commonwealth core subsidies to opera including funds no longer needed by OA for travel costs for its Melbourne seasons. (For an explanation, see A2b). It would be used to support 1) production and presentation of contemporary operas, both those appealing to larger audiences and more difficult works appealing to more specialist audiences (the "Production Fund"), and 2) the commissioning and workshopping and possibly public presentation of new works by Australian composers (the "Australian Opera Development Scheme").

Should the overall sum available be less than $4.4m, we suggest that a reduction should be made firstly in the Production Fund.

The Production Fund. This would be a fund of up to $3.2 million per year allocated through competitive applications on a project by project basis.

Criteria would be established to ensure that the funds are used for the purpose of production and presentation of operas of our time, as per the thrust of this submission. The fund is not intended for the production of heritage operas. All companies except Opera Australia would have larger core subsidies from which they can produce, separately or in partnership, new heritage productions.

The criteria might consider issues such as these:

  • The perceived value of the opera in advancing the art form, attracting audiences to new work, mitigating financial risk
  • Whether there is collaboration among Australian companies
  • The commitment to this repertoire demonstrated through the regular activity of applicant companies
  • Value for money. Includes the possibility of matching funds from other sources
  • Whether the work was created by Australians. Some priority would be given to the products of the Australian Opera Development Scheme (see below).

Some of these criteria may be in conflict. Criteria need to be carefully considered. We have not given deep consideration to the criteria.

The funding decisions might be made by a disinterested third party such as the Australia Council, perhaps with some sort of input or participation from companies. They could be open to all Australian opera companies, not the major companies only.

A note on the Opera Conference funding

The Review reports a difference of opinion between OA and the three state opera companies, the OA wishing to use the fund to pay for productions of less popular operas and the state companies to use it for productions of the most popular, box office rewarding operas.

This scheme favours the OA's preference, for reasons given. The state companies, however, have additional core funds that they can use for production of heritage operas.

That said, we suggest that one criterion for the award of subsidies from the new production fund could be that applicant companies have included in the presentations, paid for from their core subsidies, operas of our time. The inclusion of these works should be a part of normal business and should not happen only when supported from special funding.

        1. Creation of a program that will support the development and presentation of operas created by Australians

This issue is raised in the Review under this option:

10.2.6 Use Opera Conference funding every second or third year to produce a new work: provide a distinctive Australian voice by commissioning new works.

We certainly support the creation of a distinctive Australian operatic voice but question this strategy.

How is the production of one new Australian opera every second or third year going to lead to the creation of even a competent Australian operatic practice? How could it possibly lead to a practice that is distinctively Australian? How could we even identify what is "Australian" about it? If we were able to listen to a set of operas and identify the one that is Australian, we would have previously heard a number of operas, written by Australians, that share stylistic characteristics. If there are only, say, four written and presented per decade, how likely is it that they would demonstrate characteristics that we hear, not only as identifying the individual composers, but as Australian?

But in any case, whether these new works display a distinctively Australia character is a secondary issue. Furthermore, such a character either emerges or it doesn't. The most that authorities can do is support a level of activity which makes it possible.

We propose another means of pursuing this objective.

But firstly, let us look at the professional achievements of some famous operatic composers.

Of the operas by Verdi now familiar to us - i.e. operas that have survived the passage of time and still successfully attract an audience, the earliest in his oeuvre is Nabucco (#3). The next is #10, Macbeth, although this was rewritten much later. Then come numbers 15 (Luisa Miller), 17, 18, 19, 20, then 23, 25, 26, 27 (Macbeth again), 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34/35 (31 again), 36, 37. An amazing achievement. The writer is not well-informed enough to know whether these were popular in his day; we have heard the titles of some of the others but do not believe they have been performed in Australia in recent decades. So before Verdi wrote Rigoletto, he had written two other operas that survive and are performed and fourteen which are not heard here. (The fact that the fourteen were performed when written suggests that the audiences of the day expected that all of Verdi's operas would be successful. The criterion we are applying is more demanding and perhaps different.)

In Appendix 2 are also shown the operas, in order of composition, written by Mozart (heard in Australia, numbers 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 - as with Verdi, the successes are concentrated at the end of his career), Wagner (begins with #8, Rienzi, again most successes at the end), Rossini (begins at #10), Donizetti (begins late), Richard Strauss (first opera 1894; Salome, the third, 11 years later, then a run of successes).

It may be that some opera composers were consistently successful in their day beginning from their first or early efforts. Assume that is so. Nevertheless, the careers of the composers cited above show that we should expect that mastery will require an accumulation of experience over a good number of attempts.

The Review's proposal that Australia should produce a new opera every two or three years is born of a situation wherein few Australian operas are commissioned or produced. There consequently are very few Australian composers with experience of writing for the opera stage and even fewer who have had the opportunity to follow Verdi's path and have their second big success with their tenth opera! Richard Mills has brought three operas to the stage. Larry Sitsky has written seven but of these, only two were put on stage and one was recorded. He stopped writing operas in 1988. Others: Richard Meale, two; Ross Edwards, one; Brian Howard, three; Andrew Schultz, three. Barry Conyngham holds the record among those we investigated: seven, most or all performed.

If we want Australian composers to produce fine operatic works, they have to be given the opportunity to write them and to test them on stage and then rewrite them, even several times, to learn not only about operatic composition and voices but drama and the stage. [3]

Although new mainstage opera is, according to its Artistic Director, beyond the capacity of the national company, three of the four state companies are regularly involved in commissioning and producing new works. The tiny State Opera of South Australia has a long record of producing new work and of course, is funded to do so. At present, it has commissioned, is workshopping and may present productions of three operas created by Australians. The first, Cloudstreet, was perhaps an opera waiting to happen, already highly successful as a novel and as theatre. The score is being written by George Palmer, whose style is comparable in a general way to some of those currently successful American composers. He has written vocal works, mostly religious in theme, orchestral and chamber works, but no dramatic works. As a new composer of opera, it should be assumed that he needs and should receive considerable dramaturgical and workshopping assistance. (That comment applies equally to all new opera composers and, indeed, old ones.) As noted, Victorian Opera commissions a work each year. The Rabbits and Star Navigator have been mentioned.

Our argument and proposal: Australia should embark on a long-term, structured program for the creation of new Australian operas. The key to this is to enable the creative teams of, usually, composer and librettist, opportunities to create, workshop, revise, workshop (repeat until ready) - and ultimately be involved in the production and presentation of public performances of new operas, and for the most promising teams to have multiple opportunities to go through this process. We can assume that the composers bring advanced compositional skills to bear but will not have had the opportunities to learn about the stage. The librettists may have a similar deficiency. Commonly, a dramaturg could be a part of the team as a consultant. There may be other members of the creative team as demanded by the concept for the work.

These works would be written for small forces. To bring them to the stage would not be phenomenally expensive. From those chosen for staging, some works - or their teams - could eventually be scaled up for large theatre production. So there would be a culling process that multiplies the prospects for public success at that level.

The small scale operas emerging from this process and given public performances would themselves develop opera in Australia and begin to build an audience at the level that realistically, new music can command. That in itself is a worthwhile outcome.

This work could be carried out under the auspices of the Major Opera Companies. The State Opera of South Australia already has its commissioning and workshopping process. The Victorian Opera regularly commissions and stages new Australian work.

Small companies such as Sydney Chamber Opera could also participate, selected on merit. Or an organisation could be created to conduct the scheme. A process is needed to investigate alternatives and decide on the most cost-effective.

Under Moffatt Oxenbould as Artistic Director, The Australian Opera instituted a workshop process for Australian composers called the National Opera Workshop. The committee could inquire of Moffatt about the success of the Workshop. Our understanding is that it produced works both good and poor, as would be expected, and some additional important serendipitous benefits. Its disappearance was a result of unrelated circumstances rather than failure in achieving its purpose, although it probably needed years more for that to be assessed.

We argue that opera's future depends upon strengthening the process of creation and production of new work of artistic integrity and audience appeal and persevering with and testing it for at least ten years.

We propose a formal, structured program to carry this objective forward:

Australian Opera Development Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to support a number of Australian creative teams each year to create new operas and develop them to a level where they are ready for production. We suggest more detail.

  • Presumably the creative teams would normally comprise a composer and a librettist, possibly assisted by a dramaturg, a director, a designer, other, depending upon the proposal of the creators or the conception of the company
  • The commissioning companies could seek subsidies to stage some or all of the works that emerge from the scheme

The scheme could work like this.

  • Participating companies are chosen year by year and funded for projects. They could be chosen by a special panel appointed by the Australia Council based on proposals addressing published criteria
  • Applications are invited from creative teams by the companies selected to participate
    • Companies can specify aspects of the work such as maximum number of singers, number of players in the ensemble or any other requirements or possibilities
    • Creative teams submit a verbal outline of the work, including illustrative musical sketches of episodes within it
    • The same submission may be made to more than 0ne company; perhaps a limit could be set
  • Participating companies select up to two creative teams and commission them to create complete works without orchestration
    • During the creative process, a dramaturg is made available to the creative team or is a member
  • Upon completion of the first draft, the work is workshopped with professional performers in front of a small studio audience
  • The work is amended or further developed, again with the dramaturg available, and again workshopped
  • The company could have the option of terminating the process with one or both teams if it believes that a good outcome is unlikely
  • The workshop process could be repeated a third time
    • Costs would be covered by a supplementary grant to the commissioning company provided automatically upon request
    • Subsequent workshopping would be paid for by the company. It could be included in the production process, should that ensue
  • A decision is made whether to go to production
    • The work remains the property of the creative team, which may elect to proceed with the commissioning company or with some other
    • Alternatively, the right of first refusal could be left with the commissioning company. Discuss.
  • The selected company seeks subsidy for the production
    • The composer may receive a fee for orchestration and this would be among the costs for which subsidy is sought
    • Depending upon the generosity of the commission fee, the creative team may receive performance royalties or not
  • The work is staged
    • Works that are very successful could be staged again in subsequent years or selected to be scaled up for mainstage production. Subsidy can be sought from the Production Fund for high risk productions.

In this sequence, works generally would be ready to be staged in the third year or perhaps occasionally, the second year.

New applicants to the scheme would be invited each year. However, it is not essential that participating companies invite new applicants every year. They can make a judgement about their capacity to support additional projects. There are more potential participating companies than schemes that could be funded and commenced in any one year.

Creative teams whose proposal is rejected by a company are free to submit it to other companies or to the same company in a later round, probably amended.

One company with which we discussed this scheme suggested the following rough budget.

Expenditures per project

Commission fee, including fee to dramaturg and possibly others 100,000

Workshops 3 @ $25,000, cover performer fees and other costs 75,000

Company costs, overheads 50,000

TOTAL 225,000

Let us say that five new commissions are issued each year. That entails a total budget of up to $1.125m. Add a contingency fund of $75,000 for a total of $1.2m. It may be decided that the scheme should also have funds available to support productions or that productions are funded from the Production Fund (see previous section of paper).

In any year, 10 creative teams would be working on new operas - five beginning that year, five in their second year. For simplicity's sake, let us say that in year 3, the teams from the first year have completed their works and some or all are being brought to stage. However, probably the companies have decided not to stage every one of the commissions so perhaps one has been dropped, one was staged in year 2, one is delayed to year 4. So in year 3, around Australia, 3 new works are staged. In year 4 and subsequent years, 4 new works are staged. This may be in addition to operas that companies have commissioned as part of their normal operations as at present.

In year 2, the applicants to the scheme probably would not include the 5 teams already commissioned in year 1. So there would be 10 different teams involved. In subsequent years, previously successful teams could apply again but not all will do so and not all will prevail against the competition. There will be a gradual increase in the number who have been involved. Also we could expect that with this improved prospect for performance, some will set about creating works before applying to the scheme and may even present completed works to gain access to the workshopping process. (In this case, they presumably receive a fee other than a commission fee.)

Is this scale of activity appropriate and sustainable? It seems to us that in a country of 24 million people, it is modest. It may supplement the existing activity by the state companies, which already produces say two works per year. Perhaps the key question is: will this project, at this scale, have the possibility of producing a body of Australian operatic works that is artistically successful, attracts a growing audience, possibly develops an Australian character (NOT a requirement) and can be financially sustained through government subsidies and earnings?

Readiness of composers. It is the experience of commissioning companies that many composers who aspire to write opera have insufficient understanding of the human voice and voice setting. We suspect that in part, this may be due to a deficiency in composer education at tertiary level. We suggest some discussion with the conservatoria in order to improve composer education and would be happy to assist.

10.2.5 Co-operate with festivals to develop new more challenging work: create a fund where the Major Opera Companies work with festivals and venues to develop new and/or more challenging works, or works of special interest.

Please see section A2c) below.

10.2.7 Create alternative formats for the staging of new works: explore the development of alternative formats, including potentially with some of the smaller opera companies.

We support the arguments for this proposal. As with option 10.2.3, we have a concern that collaborations with smaller companies should only strengthen them.

The stated disadvantages again seem insubstantial.

What would be the nature of the encouragement to the companies, other than the intrinsic merits of the proposal?

        1. The presentation of the opera heritage

We recognise that along with strategies to bring this artform into our time, a primary objective is to ensure the survival of the heritage. The Review is mostly directed to this end and our contribution is mainly to comment on the Options it presents.

10.2.1 Increase the number of mainstage opera productions

We agree with the stated advantages and disadvantages.

The financial implications are not clear because, as the Review suggests, at least in the case of OA the financial difficulties may have been caused in part by the reduction in the number of mainstage productions and performances. However, it is possible that increasing the number of productions would require greater subsidy.

The Review sets HOSH aside as a special project. HOSH is spectacular and in its way, a great achievement. However, we assert that it could be seen as part of the mainstage operation, only excepting that the stage is not in a theatre and the funding is achieved in a different way.

So while the theatre mainstage seasons have been reduced although the subsidy is unchanged, mainstage performances are increased by HOSH but require additional project funding and private support. The total subsidy for mainstage opera is increased.

HOSH draws an audience of which a large percentage is new to opera. The underlying objective of pursuing this new audience must be to reverse the overall decline of audience numbers by attracting audience members to attend other mainstage performances. We could suppose that this was an important consideration for Opera Australia.

In the event, while a good number of attendees are new to opera, only a small percentage buy tickets to other Opera Australia productions - presumably opera or music theatre. From the figures given by the Review, it is difficult to extract the number purchasing opera tickets but we could guess that in 2015 it may have been of the order of 2,000 - 2,500. Total mainstage attendances were 130,000.

While we must be impressed that HOSH 2015 attracted 50,000 attendees, the strategic value of HOSH in building the opera audience more broadly seems minimal. This presumably will be a factor in the overall strategic planning for the OA.

10.2.3 Expand the number of less familiar works: encourage the companies as part of their strategic plans to be presented to the funding agencies to balance popular and less familiar works, with a view to growing new audiences while retaining and building a subscriber base. This may be done in conjunction with some of the smaller opera companies.

We assume that this objective pertains to "less familiar works" from the heritage rather than to new works. We support most of the positive arguments listed as advantages.

Two of the positive arguments raise questions:

  • Enhances Australia's artistic reputation and credentials internationally

To present a standard repertoire that is more balanced between the popular and less familiar works would simply align Australia with common practice among major companies internationally. It would "enhance" Australia's reputation only inasmuch as it dispels the impression that our national company presents mainly the operatic hit parade. [4]

If Australia wishes to build its international reputation, it could seek to devise new operatic practices of such merit that they influence the activities of overseas companies.

  • Offers the potential to work with smaller opera companies

Which smaller opera companies? What would be the nature of the collaboration? While there certainly is advantage in collaboration, we would hope that in this case it builds the strength and enhances the special character of the smaller company. If the Review were not constrained by the Terms of Reference, it might have recommended direct financial support to smaller companies rather than support only through the services of the Major Companies.

10.2.4 Increase the variety of repertoire choice: provide an incentive to offer more varied repertoire.

It is interesting that the Review added this Option, which seems to be a qualification on the previous Option.

We support it, of course. However, we wonder what would be the nature of the incentive. Again, above we have offered a particular view of the priorities for increasing the variety.

      1. The nurture of artists
        1. Improvement of the circumstances of singers, musicians and technical staff so that they have greater opportunity to derive a living from their art in Australia

10.2.8 Selectively enlarge Opera Australia's ensemble to increase the number of principal artists on contracts and increase employment certainty: fund an increase in the size of the ensemble for principals employed on contracts that provide greater certainty of employment.

Opera singers in Europe have the possibility of moving easily among many companies located in relative proximity. In Australia, it is much more difficult to patch together a full time operatic career based upon casual engagements.

We do support the objective of this option but concede that our agreement with the proposal below to change OA into a state company does have the possible disadvantage of reducing its ability to offer full time employment to artists. We do not know that that is the case but it may be. Below, we propose a remedy. On the other hand, our proposal to build up the state companies would lead to more opportunities for casual engagements.

International singers. OA has doubled its use of international guest singers. Concurrent with this practice, it has reduced the number of full time principals, causing considerable distress in the profession.

It is good that Australian audiences hear top singers from abroad. They encourage audiences to expect the highest standards and the companies to work to achieve them. There are occasions on which the international guests are not superior to the Australians they displace although generally, we have the impression that under the current Artistic Director, high quality is more consistent.

The Music Trust has formed a list of Australian classical musicians who have achieved at a high level overseas. Of a list of some 350, 118 are singers, mostly of opera. A surprising number are conductors. A large number of these singers, but not conductors, are seen in Australian productions as visiting artists. Are they counted among the 19 cited by the Review or are they additional? The list can be read at http://musicinaustralia.org.au/index.php?title=Australian_Classical_Musicians_Successful_Abroad_at_a_High_Level . (Note that there is an interesting accompanying statistical analysis in a separate file. The link is given there.) Based upon anecdote, we conjecture that for the majority of Australian singers abroad, they have no greater wish than to perform in Australia.

10.2.9 Selectively enlarge the size of Opera Australia's chorus: fund an increase in the size of the chorus that is employed on contracts.

The objective to enable more, and more reliable, work for chorus members has our support in principle. The financial disadvantage is acknowledged as also is the difficulty probably caused by our proposal to change the funding arrangements for opera.

We add two proposals:

An effort could be made to increase the public status of choruses and chorus members . Chorus members in many cases seem to think that they have not succeeded unless or until they have become principals. There is rarely any promotion by the companies to honour the chorus.

Secondly, choruses could be presented once or twice a year on stage in their own concerts. They might take place at a time when the chorus is lightly used in the opera productions. Solos could be given to chorus members. Marketing would boost the public regard for the chorus. The concerts could take place in the more appropriate acoustic and larger seating capacity of concert halls. Opera Australia presented its chorus in such a concert some years ago.

Generally, concert activity is shown by the Review to produce a positive financial outcome. The incremental costs for OA, at least, should be minimal and the profit might support the increase in chorus size, or some other priority objective.

10.2.10 Selectively enlarge the size of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra: fund an increase in the size of the orchestra that is employed on contracts that provide greater certainty of employment.

We support the objective in principle but at this time when there are opera survival issues at stake, we would not accord it high priority if it became an obstacle to other initiatives that support the fundamental proposal. It appears to us that there are more opportunities for orchestral musicians to find casual work than there are for singers, so the need to offer full time employment is not quite as urgent. However, in the interests of orchestral quality, the great majority of members should be full time.

That said, the stated disadvantage that Orchestra Victoria could expect the same treatment as AOBO is manageable. There is a rational limit to the size of the permanent ensemble based upon the likely utilisation of the permanent members.

10.2.2 Increase the number of Australian sourced new productions

The arguments for this proposal are powerful. This is the key proposal that will result in more work for technical people and more opportunities for Australian opera to develop its creative capacities for production design.

It is essential to bring new productions before the public. The Review has not shown that creating them in Australia is more costly than creating them elsewhere; the consequences for the cost base for individual companies can be ameliorated through co-production arrangements.

        1. Development of programs that bridge the gap between graduation from tertiary study and full professional employment

10.2.11 Support further development programmes for young artists: seek tied government income to support paid development programmes for emerging young artists.

The Major Opera Companies offer young artist programs to a very small number of people. The experiences are variable. They are unlikely to offer frequent opportunities to play full major roles and yet it can be argued that this is the experience most likely to benefit the artist.

Otherwise, there are very few companies that can offer major roles, even on an unpaid basis - indeed, even on a basis where the artist pays to perform, as is the case with one company. The main opportunity available to young artists is to compete in singing competitions. These have some value and for the winners, can give them a footing in Europe or the USA - a mixed blessing for opera in Australia. On the other hand, there is pressure to sing from a rather thin song book of virtuosic popular arias and it usually would be tactically unwise to sing from new operas of the taxing variety.

For the Review, broad consideration of this issue is hobbled by the Terms of Reference. Young artists need the opportunity to perform roles and in general, build their skills to a fully professional level after graduation from the conservatorium. The Terms of Reference incline the Review to ask only how the Major Opera Companies can provide this service rather than how the problem can be approached taking into account all the possibilities.

We suggest that the Review reconsiders this issue from that broader perspective. What program could be devised and then, what is the optimal role of the Major Opera Companies?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • To what extent could this need be met through support to companies such as Pacific Opera or Opera New England, set up expressly to offer young artists the opportunity to perform roles and create productions? Would more be achieved at lower cost through such programs?
  • To what extent could this need be met through the operations of small touring companies such as those operated by some Major Opera Companies and/or small independent companies such as Co-Opera? The singers perform major roles but do they receive training or only direction?
  • To what extent could this need be met through collaborations between professional opera companies and conservatorium opera training programs? Why would professional companies engage with trainee singers before they have received their degrees? Why would conservatoria engage with professional companies to train singers after they have completed their degrees? What are the respective duties of the two organisations and their financial responsibilities? What are the merits of such arrangements?
  • Programs of the Major Opera Companies have the advantage of bringing the young artists into direct contact with opera professionals - perhaps the moreso with Opera Australia, operating full time, than the part time state companies. On the other hand, the artists will not have access to major roles unless possibly they are very highly selected. (If they are given major roles, is the young artist program serving mainly to engage fine singers for low fees?) Do they receive training or only direction?
  • What is the need for instruction in these programs and under which auspices is it most likely to be offered and to be of high quality?
    1. Reconceive the structure of opera nationally and the roles of the federal and state funding bodies in supporting it.
  1. Development of state companies of greater equality, each with its own identity resulting from its history and circumstances, repertoire choices and style of production

Our picture is of a dynamic major opera company in each of the five main states. They are of more equal standing than at present. Each one has developed a particular style and character. There are also other small companies and opera-related programs of special purpose and character. All participate in a nationwide opera culture.

Right now, each of the state opera companies is able to present work of high accomplishment. Each has responded to its own history and state circumstances and so has a particular identity. By comparison with the national opera company, each one is tiny and it could be argued that the service offered to audiences in the smaller states is inequitably small. According to the Review, there is some resentment among the state companies about the pressure from the much larger OA, for instance in the application of Opera Conference funds. The 80/20 State/Commonwealth division of funding responsibilities for state companies makes some sense if the role of the state companies is only to supplement services from the national company. Excepting in Victoria, that has never been the case and nor should it be. Rather, the Commonwealth should distribute the opera budget more equitably, and so enable development of the state companies.

The current state companies were established between 1967 (WA) and 2005 (Victoria, although the preceding but now defunct Victorian State Opera gave its first performance in 1972). The city of Perth has more than doubled in size since 1967 and there has been enormous population growth in all of the capital cities except Adelaide. Based upon population, all should be able to sustain more opera activity but their programs have not expanded proportionately. Expansion depends not only upon population size but on subsidy levels. We are proposing support to increase activity in Adelaide and Perth, and when it has demonstrated need and the quality of supply, Brisbane. The Victorian Opera would also be included in this national scheme. We are guessing that other cities are not large enough to sustain a resident opera company. (But, as a marker, the company in Karlsruhe, Germany, for instance, population about three quarters the size of Canberra's, produces seven operas a year.) [5]

A question: How much live opera activity in a city is needed to build a committed, substantial, resilient audience? We would guess that one production a year is insufficient. Three? Four? Five? Such answers are too simple but the question seems worthy of detailed consideration.

We note in passing the achievement of SOSA. It manages to operate with a very small administrative staff and from recollection, at the time it presented The Ring, there was an administration of three (now blown out to five!). Its overheads as a percentage of budget are much lower than those of OQ or WAO and this is a result of tight managerial discipline. Its programming is adventurous although we acknowledge that it has special Commonwealth subsidy to support innovation. Although the Review does not do so, it seems that there is reason to regard SOSA as a model for emulation.

  1. Termination of the concept of the national company

9.1.2.4 Have Opera Australia focus exclusively on Sydney, find another approach for Melbourne

Embedded in this approach is the proposition that each Major Opera Company should focus on its resident geography. Under this option, a solution would need to be identified for the delivery of the highest quality opera into Melbourne. Victorian Opera would undoubtedly have to be considered to be part of any such solution.

This option by the Review has our support. We offer the following arguments and additional suggestions.

Until around the time of the establishment of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust's opera company and then The Australian Opera, opera in Australia was commonly provided by touring companies. The Australian Opera was designated the national "flagship" opera company and was assigned the lion's share of Federal funding to opera. It was not surprising then that the concept "national" carried with it the idea that the company would serve the whole country through touring. That has not been practicable because of the cost and in more than 50 years has not therefore served to mark the company as "national". For Opera Australia to provide a comprehensive touring service to benefit citizens even in only the five main state jurisdictions would require a large increase in Commonwealth subsidies (recalling as evidence the $2m+ deficit from OA's two productions in Brisbane in 2012). At the same time, it might result in weakening the operations of the state companies. No other activities of any weight have emerged to give practical justification to the designation of OA as the national company.

Nevertheless, the idea has not completely died and the absence of national touring remains as an irritant and source of dissatisfaction for some. It probably is a distraction from a more natural role for Opera Australia and a more productive concept for opera in Australia.

The concept of "national" would be much more usefully discharged through the development of a national opera strategy than the assignment of the title "national company" to a company with no real national role. Under a national opera strategy as it applies to Major Opera Companies, the Commonwealth would apply its budget equitably to the companies in the five largest states or more accurately, their capital cities. As a basic concept for dividing the funds, they could be calculated to be proportional to the populations of the cities served, then modified by the financial commitments of their respective governments.

This would mean that there would no longer be a justification for Commonwealth preference to a company because of its designation as "national" and it would not be providing 80% of the company's subsidy. On the other hand, nor is there justification for it providing only 20% of the total subsidies to the three state companies it now funds.

Opera Australia would be relieved of the responsibility to tour to Melbourne. Melbourne now has a fine state company which has been tested for ten years and has shown itself capable of providing Melbourne with high quality opera performances and a more varied repertoire than does OA in either Melbourne or Sydney. It also offers other services that respond to local need and opportunity. Melbourne's needs can be at least as well served by Melbourne's own company. The OA would no longer be subsidised for Melbourne performances and the relevant subsidy would in effect be transferred to the Victorian Opera, subject to the formula for the overall redistribution of Commonwealth funds. The subsidies that support OA's considerable travel costs could be more fruitfully applied to the funding of opera instead of the travel industry and could, for instance, be used to support the risks involved in the presentation of contemporary works.

Opera Australia is based in the nation's largest city, with a disproportionately large proportion of the national opera audience and box office. Possibly this success is a result of its level of funding, the level of interest in opera by Sydney residents and the level of interest from tourists, some of which is in the Sydney Opera House rather than the opera company. On the face of it, Opera Australia should remain the largest opera company in the land. In this, it retains status.

The Review seems to suggest that under Option 9.1.2.4, Opera Australia would continue with its present subsidy and would expand the Sydney seasons to fill the time previously given to Melbourne. There seems to be no good reason that it would retain the Melbourne subsidy. It also seems extremely unlikely that it would be able successfully to add three months a year to its Sydney seasons. Indeed, even if it were to retain all of its current subsidy, such an expansion surely would put it in jeopardy.

In its discussion of the qualifications required to be designated a Major Opera Company, the Review states that Opera Queensland is not meeting the requirements and therefore that its status could be terminated but that the Victorian Opera appears to qualify and therefore could be admitted as a major company. It appears that the Review may have been considering the possibility that this change could be effected by transferring the OQ federal subsidy to the VO.

Under the proposal of this submission, both companies would be funded from the total Commonwealth opera subsidy. OQ's share of the subsidy, based upon Brisbane's population, would add to its total government subsidy. This would be a major change in its circumstances. However, the Review Committee may wish to reach a decision on whether OQ's activities warrant continued funding as a Major Opera Company. We can say that if the proposed funding scheme were implemented, no immediate decision on the termination of funding to OQ would be necessary. OQ could be put on notice of requirements to be fulfilled over some period and if these are not met, its subsidy could be reapplied to some other aspect of a national opera strategy.

Reallocation of opera subsidies

The proposition is that opera in Australia will have greater vitality, be more responsive to the times, more innovative, if there is more equality among the major companies and more support to the smaller companies. The fundamental proposition remains that opera programs should evolve so that opera is seen not only as a heritage art but as an artform of our time and place. Here, we deal with the ways and means of those two propositions.

In order to achieve greater equality among the companies, the concept of the national company is disbanded. The services to Melbourne now provided by Opera Australia are offered by a Victorian company, presumably the Victorian Opera although that is a matter for decision in Victoria. The Commonwealth funds assigned to give core support to opera are redistributed equitably among the companies. The funds now used to cover OA's costs for company members' travel, accommodation and per diems to Melbourne are no longer required for that purpose and can be redirected. These along with the production funds now administered through the Opera Conference and funds now spent on regional touring, and possibly an additional amount from the total Commonwealth opera subsidy will constitute a fund to be made available through competitive applications for projects to create and present operas of our time.

It is a complex task to present a picture of how this might happen - a complexity made greater by what appear to be some inconsistencies in the financial information provided in the discussion paper and probably the difficulty for volunteer writers in comprehending all of the detail. However, having made these rather radical proposals, it seems incumbent on us to present a scenario that sets forth some possible means of implementation.

At present, the share of Commonwealth and state governments in the funding of the Major Opera Companies is, conceptually, as follows. We include the Victorian Opera because, frankly, it is a nonsense to omit it.

Commonwealth State
Opera Australia 80% 20% *
WA Opera 20% 80%
Opera Queensland 20% 80%
State Opera SA 50%** 50%
Victorian Opera 0% 100%

*Shared between NSW and Victoria

** Based upon a formula no longer officially agreed but not superseded, to provide extra funding in return for presenting new operas

On what basis could the available Commonwealth funds be redistributed among the five companies? The present concepts for the sharing of responsibilities obviously do not result in equitable treatment. Neither would simply dividing the funds into five equal parts because the companies serve populations of considerably different sizes and the investments by state governments may differ depending not only upon the available resources but also their respective interest in and commitment to the provision of opera to their citizens.

The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the state companies, so as a general principle, it would not be acceptable that if more Commonwealth funds are provided to a state company, the state government reduces its support.

We have experimented with calculating the basic distribution of Commonwealth funds according to the populations of the cities in which the companies are based. It would be possible to base the calculation on state populations but it is in fact the city populations that are served. That is an unavoidable reality for an artform that requires audiences of a size that are not available in regional centres.

The total population of the five cities was 13,861,000 in 2014. The total Commonwealth core subsidy to the four funded companies was $22,340,000.

Of that amount, a substantial sum goes to the OA for its touring costs to Melbourne. According to the discussion paper, OA's total touring costs for Melbourne and regional touring appear to be $6.8m. The OA Annual Report 2014 shows travel costs of $7.806m. These would include costs associated with international principals as well as company touring. Some travel costs are covered by grants from government agencies other than the Australia Council. Since these are tied to specific purposes, they are not available for allocation as core subsidies nor for the Production Fund. Lacking specific knowledge of important information we will assign $3m from the overall Commonwealth subsidy, plus the Opera Conference fund of $1.4 million to the production fund. This scenario is conceptual and the actual amounts will be adjusted by the Review if it decides to take up the ideas. So the funds available for distribution as core subsidies are $19,340,000.

If the $19.340m Commonwealth subsidy were distributed according to population sizes, it would look like this.

  Population % Share of Subsidy
Sydney 4.373m 32 $6.188
Melbourne 4,181 30 5.802
Brisbane 2.143 15 2.901
Perth 1.901 14 2.708
Adelaide 1.263 9 1.740

The three funded state companies receive orchestral services from their local symphony orchestras; this requires Commonwealth and state subsidies but the value is not reported by the Review and presumably is additional to the core subsidies. OA cannot receive services from the Sydney Symphony because it is fully occupied. So provision must be made to allow OA to maintain the AOBO for its own purposes and to serve the Australia Ballet. The cost is now included in the present subsidy to the OA.

To manage the problem of providing OA with the considerable extra support it needs to maintain AOBO, we can add an amount to its subsidy by weighting the percentage of total Commonwealth funds available to Sydney. Since we do not have a basis for deciding the weighting (we have found no source that can give us the current cost of the orchestra), our method is conceptual only. Let us add 40% to the Sydney population, producing a result that approaches workability.

The table then looks like this.

Population % Weighted % Share of subsidy

Sydney

6.123m

32

39

$7.543m

Melbourne

4181

30

27

5.22

Brisbane

2.14

15

14

2.71

Perth

1.9

14

2

2.32

Adelaide

1.26

9

8

1.55

The rounding off of numbers causes a slight discrepancy in total outcome but the chart is only intended to be illustrative.

What contribution should be expected from the states? There is great variation now because of the historical circumstances. The populations of NSW, and to a lesser extent Victoria, have had enormous benefit from the national company concept but have paid little for it.

The most obvious concept is an equal responsibility between Commonwealth and states. That rationale receives some support also from the historical agreement for equal co-funding to SOSA to support it in doing something like that which is now proposed for all companies: more investment in the presentation of operas of our time.

Under this formula, each state would match the Commonwealth core subsidy. If they did so, their subsidy levels would change as below.

We propose that the Commonwealth does not provide more than 50% of the total core subsidy from Commonwealth and state governments. If a state government provides less than half of the agreed total, the Commonwealth will reduce its contribution to match.

  Proposed C'wealth subsidy Current state subsidy Change in subsidy
NSW $7.543m 3.286m 4.257m
Victoria 5,221 4.732 0.469
Queensland 2,708 2.501 0.207
WA 2,321 1.870 0.451
SA 1,547 1.551 -0-

The Commonwealth funding to SOSA should be maintained at $1.551.

Under this scenario, the total federal plus state subsidy to OA falls to $15.086m. Conceptually, we have taken into account a reduction of the number of mainstage performances following withdrawal from Melbourne and the associated travel costs, and allowed that the AOBO is a direct cost in Sydney which does not change and for which there is not an equivalent cost for other Major Opera Companies.

Proportionate to population served, OA is then receiving more than its share of the available Commonwealth funds available for core support, based only upon population. It also is receiving more than heretofore from the NSW government, although justly so in terms of service to populace. We would expect to hear arguments that the proposed subsidy is insufficient. These would need expert assessment by the Review Committee.

  1. Another option: the states may organise their opera provision as they wish

The scenarios described above preserve essentially the present structure based around Major Opera Companies, consistent with the Terms of Reference of the Review. But there are other possibilities.

Opera Queensland, for instance, has not been successful in attracting an audience of viable size to full scale grand opera productions. At this stage, it is presenting only one such opera production a year and is experimenting with other types of activity to provide a service and draw an audience. A financial consequence is that the company no longer meets the criteria for categorisation as a Major Opera Company and the Review suggests that it therefore should lose that status and presumably, the funding that accompanies it.

Our proposal divides the Commonwealth opera budget proportionally to the populations of the major cities served. Based upon this principle, each state could be seen to have an allocation of Commonwealth funds to spend on opera services provided it is matched dollar for dollar by the state. Decisions could be made locally on whether to spend those funds on a Major Opera Company for the state or in some other way, probably to be agreed by state and Commonwealth.

Consider possibilities from other cities. Sydney has a baroque company, Pinchgut Opera, that performs two seasons a year in a 1200-seat theatre, with relatively modest public funding. The Sydney Chamber Opera presents four, perhaps more, seasons a year of usually very difficult new small-scale operatic works with multiple performances in a theatre seating about 400. Co-Opera, based in Adelaide, has presented a small company in extensive tours to small towns; the total audience, when it was funded, was up to 20,000 and the subsidy was about $400,000. Opera Queensland has presented popular heritage operas in a medium sized theatre at less cost than the productions in the large Lyric Theatre. It would be possible to set up a company to commission and workshop new operas, using core funding plus project funding. Victorian Opera maintains a youth opera company with performances by and for youth.

If funding were available on suitable terms, a state could choose a configuration of such activities with multiple specialist companies.

  1. The utilisation of festivals as one means of building the identity of state companies and supporting the development of new opera

Here is an idea born of the Review's proposal regarding collaboration with festivals.

10.2.5 Co-operate with festivals to develop new more challenging work: create a fund where the Major Opera Companies work with festivals and venues to develop new and/or more challenging works, or works of special interest.

While this Option could be applied to old works presented in innovative ways, we suggest that priority is given to support for new Australian operas or, as a second priority, other new works that serve the overall strategy described in this submission.

We support the arguments for this proposal, as set out in the Review's list of advantages. It should be said that the presentation of opera, including new opera or old opera in new clothing, is common practice for festivals and indeed, it is at festivals where audiences are willing to take risks with new work that they otherwise might avoid.

(Consequently, the stated disadvantages seem, frankly, of little account. Yes, of course audiences may not attend as with any item on the festival program, may not choose to "cross over", and every director will follow his/her inclinations. If the state opera companies work with a festival, why would this reduce their options?)

Our response to this proposal could strongly affect the culture of state opera companies as well as support the presentation of new opera. We suggest this scenario:

  • A condition is imposed by states on their funding to the major festivals: that a specified minimum amount is committed to assist the purchase of a festival presentation of an opera produced by a company based in another state
  • Opera companies (which might include companies that are not Major Opera Companies) prepare and present productions with a view, in part, to competing to be chosen by the Festival director for inclusion in the Festival, presumably in the following year. Since they will have in mind this continuing opportunity, their regular program planning could on that account become more innovative. Under our agenda, funding could be available from the Production Fund for the initial production
  • Since the festival takes place in a state other than the state of residence, companies will have the opportunity for their work to be seen by audiences other than the local audience. This should stimulate creativity and a sense of wider relevance for the company.
  • In this way, over time, a sense of a national opera scene is created to which the various member companies contribute. Each company is encouraged to build a style or character, an identity, which will be seen to have particular strengths and will contrast with the identities of the other companies.
  • This scheme will assist to invigorate opera in Australia, build national opera identity (an identity embracing a certain diversity) and strengthen the smaller companies.
  • Financially, it is supported by the normal financial operations of the opera company and the festival, with touring and some other incremental expenses covered by the additional funding to the festival.
  1. Consideration of the roles of smaller companies and how they are to be supported

A negative consequence of the funding structure that separates major performing arts organisations from all the others is that the small organisations can be left out of consideration in policy reviews such as this one. In fact, the small organisations take artistic risks that are not possible for a large company needing audiences in the thousands, such as Opera Australia. In Sydney, for instance, there would be virtually no new opera performed were it not for the Sydney Chamber Opera. While OA has in the past presented some early opera, Pinchgut is now the only provider.

Small companies may be the most economical, flexible and effective providers of new, small scale opera, the proposed creative workshops, performances for schools, regional touring, training and opportunities for emerging professionals. Prejudgements are not necessary but it could be advantageous to invite them to put forward their proposals.

    1. Implementation of strategies for audience development. These will include:
      1. Access strategies

Usually, the artspeak definition of "access" policies has to do with solving problems of lack of access to art works or performances that follow on from the circumstances of the potential audience member. The Review uses "access" to replace the word "marketing" and thereby skirts the issue of accessibility.

The 2011 CMC Framework gives companies a responsibility to deal with access issues, by implication defined as above:

Demonstrate a leadership role in the development of audiences including young and disadvantaged audiences, multicultural audiences and more equal access for people with disability

Demonstrate a commitment to engaging with audiences in regional communities

Regional touring is addressed in this submission at B1 below.

Surveys to discover the reasons that people find an artform inaccessible usually come up with explanations such as these:

  • Cannot afford the ticket price
  • Don't have the time
  • Too far away
  • No access for the disabled
  • It's for other people (the rich; white people etc.)
  • Don't understand what it's about
  • I'm in prison / at sea in a submarine / baby-sitting

Access problems for opera could be put into two categories: access for people who would be able to purchase opera tickets if the obstacles to access were removed; and access for people for whom the obstacle is some form of personal disadvantage.

The obstacles of disadvantage mostly cannot be solved by persuasive marketing. If there is no wheelchair access, the prospective disabled audience member is unlikely to be persuaded by a marketing pitch that they don't need their wheelchair. The response must somehow remove the obstacle or the perception of the obstacle. Install a lift or a wheelchair ramp. For the prisoner, take the opera to the prison. For those with little money, offer cheap seats.

Addressing access problems arising from disadvantage is unlikely to be profitable. It will be at a cost to the company that may never be recovered. Do the companies have strategies that serve the disadvantaged and also benefit opera? The question is a little bit cynical but on the other hand, a positive answer could motivate companies towards more activity. Opera Australia organised the two projects involving Aboriginal communities. So far as we are aware, no outcomes have been publicised. The projects were expensive and on the face of it, reached few people. Was the cost justified? Did the projects benefit anyone beyond those small communities? Did OA discover new possibilities for benefit to Indigenous people, or opera, or its own operations? What are the benefits and to whom, of its choral programs?

For those who could buy a ticket if they so chose, the obstacles to access may be practical or obstacles of perception. The latter can be susceptible to normal marketing strategies: remove the perception that the art is for other people, or find ways to increase understanding and therefore enable appreciation and pleasure. Even apparently practical problems can be solved by changing perceptions. The respondent who says that the opera is too far away may live in a suburb from which other people regularly attend. Marketing strategies can change perceptions.

      1. Strategies to build audiences for operas of our time, including operas of wide appeal and operas of more specialist nature

The strategies proposed in Chapter 11 seem to us expert and appropriate. In some cases, the listed advantages suggest strategies that would seem to be fundamental; if they are not in place, is the quality of the marketing operation adequate? Examples: the recommendations around engaging with the subscriber base, or for connecting audiences and artists.

However, our special concern is that if our proposed agenda is adopted, there would need to be a concerted national effort for continuing vigorous promotion of the idea that opera is an artform of our time, based around the presentation of operas of our time: both those operas directed to a broader audience and the more demanding new operas that appeal to a specialist audience.

Simply to present these operas as single works in their own right with no promotion of that wider agenda would miss the point.

      1. Audiences of younger adults

We draw your attention to new research proposing that older and younger people have different reasons for listening to music. Clearly, the research was not about the opera audience specifically but nevertheless, it seems applicable.

"For younger adults, social connection is a strong component of music listening; you bond with your peers over your choice in tunes… Older adults largely looked at music as therapeutic-a source of meaning and personal growth. While some younger participants did refer to music's ability to provide them with a private "personal space," the bulk of the responses suggest older people are more interested in music as an intense, inner experience, while younger ones view it as a way of escaping bad moods and connecting with friends." The researchers assembled groups of music lovers aged 18 - 30, and 60 - 85. Perhaps their findings explain why contemporary music builds its audience among the young but classical music listeners tend to come to the music in middle age.

(There is a newspaper summary at http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/music-is-a-potent-source-of-meaning http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/music-is-a-potent-source-of-meaning . The study is titled "Enhancing wellbeing: An emerging model of the adaptive functions of music listening" and is by http://pom.sagepub.com/search?author1=Jenny+M.+Groarke&sortspec=date&submit=Submit Jenny M. Groarke and http://pom.sagepub.com/search?author1=Michael+J.+Hogan&sortspec=date&submit=Submit Michael J. Hogan . Find it at http://pom.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/07/09/0305735615591844.abstract http://pom.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/07/09/0305735615591844.abstract )

The Review's strategy 10.2.7 Create alternative formats for the staging of new works is relevant in connecting with this young audience. Orchestras such as the New World Orchestra in Miami have experimented with special program formats and locations that emphasise the social aspect of attending live performances (not necessarily successfully). It is simply the norm for much popular music; although not perhaps transferable to opera, perhaps clever marketers can see a way. Musica Viva had a concert series in the Arthouse bar in Sydney. We believe it lost money and therefore was terminated. There is a need for persistence, and experimentation with different models. And new operas.

      1. Audiences of school children

The opera companies produce special performing programs for school children. The objective from a marketing perspective is generally to give children experiences that will lead them to become audience members as adults. The study cites the research that shows non-musical (e.g. cognitive, academic) benefits from participation in music education.

We note briefly two things:

  • Such benefits will not follow from occasional attendance at a live musical performance. They depend upon continuing participation in music making over an extended period.
  • US research by the Knight Foundation has shown that attendance at classical music performances does not of itself influence children to become adult ticket buyers. They are, however, influenced by extended participation in music making programs. (Unfortunately we have been unable to find this research but the Foundation may be able to assist.)

That is the research. Intuitively, one would think that exposure to opera performances would at least break the ice, bring opera within the world of the children, make the idea of attending a performance less forbidding.

However, companies might reconsider their activities in the light of the research. They are not really in a position to offer ongoing participatory music education to large numbers of children. How could they support those who are?

  1. Resources are reduced for, or withdrawn from activities that do not strongly address proposal A. These include:
    1. Regional touring

Regional touring is expensive, reaches small audiences with very modest capacity for growth and in the present situation, which we are characterising as a slow-moving crisis, seems of low priority.

Opera is an expensive form requiring large audiences even to approach financial viability. Small towns cannot provide large audiences. Living in the country brings benefits - fresh air, greenness, neighbourliness. The benefits do not include activities requiring massive audiences like AFL finals or mainstage opera. Such experiences are available to city-dwellers (and country visitors). A record total audience of 32,000 in 2014 for Major Opera Company touring is a very small percentage of the non-metropolitan population. The subsidy could be better applied to other priorities.

If it is found necessary to persist with regional touring, an examination of the economics of provision by Major Opera Companies vs small, specialist companies is suggested. The Adelaide-based company Co-Opera set up tours to towns of 5-20,000. In 2012, the last year in which it received core funding, it reached 18-20,000 audience members with 70 performances. We do not know the quality of its work nor the reason that funding was discontinued but in scale, it was comparable to the productions of the Major Companies. Its subsidy for the years leading up to 2012 was around $400,000. In 2014, Opera Australia's regional touring program gave 33 performances to a total audience of 15,000. Its loss was $1.074m before external funding, and $412,000 afterwards. Opera Queensland in 2014 gave 10 performances in the larger Queensland towns. It sold 8,900 tickets and received $540,000 subsidy.

2 Community programs

We are entirely supportive of arguments for the benefits of arts activity in communities. To have major opera companies provide such programs benefits the communities and probably helps to maintain broader values in the companies otherwise focused on the art form and industry politics.

There are two issues. Firstly, from the viewpoint of the communities, are the opera companies the best and most economical providers of community arts services? Secondly, for an art form in crisis, is the expenditure of not inconsiderable funds on audiences which may not be its natural audiences and activity which is not core activity, timely?

  1. Activities of primarily commercial intent are structured so as to ensure that they do not divert energies from the operatic mission nor call upon government subsidies intended for the support of the opera programs
    1. These include commercial musical theatre ventures, which should be set up under independent companies which pass on their profits to their opera company parents

Chapter 11 opens with this statement: "In the wake of the GFC, Australia is one of the few countries in the world where attendances at performances by opera companies have increased. Indeed, since 2009, attendances in capital cities have increased by 73 percent or 11.6 percent per annum. This is a remarkable achievement."

This is a very misleading statement, as is shown in the following paragraphs which distinguish between the activities in mainstage opera and musical theatre. The foreign opera companies cited in the report are, with one exception, not presenting musicals so on those grounds alone, there is here no legitimate comparison. Most importantly, when the OA attendances for mainstage opera are isolated, we see that the audience has not increased but significantly declined.

At various places in the Review, musical theatre and opera activity are rolled into one. They should not be. It is not the mission of Opera Australia to present musical theatre. Our understanding is that it has substituted musical theatre for its previous long-standing production of operetta in order to generate profit which can be applied to support its operatic mission.

The circumstances of musical theatre are quite different. As the Review tells us, the up-front production costs are around five times those for mainstage opera, but the costs per performance are half. Musicals can expect to amortise the production costs over long runs with a single cast performing eight times a week with no dark nights. This has made it possible for OA in only its third year to present more musical theatre performances than performances in its entire opera program in two cities.

The Review reports (Exhibit 6.4) a contribution to core costs from musical theatre of $4,424,000. The concerns of commercial competitors that Opera Australia is using its government subsidy to compete unfairly are denied. Others express concern, according to the Review, that for Opera Australia personnel, the musical theatre activity is a distraction from its mission. Whether this is true, we do not know. But a program of this scale is not achieved without thought and effort.

There are some questions to be asked. In section 6.1.1, it is stated that "Opera Australia has not provided data allocating semi-fixed costs to musicals." It is not clear to us whether not providing data can be interpreted to mean only that the information has been withheld (if so, why?) or that these costs have not been assigned to the musicals before the contribution is calculated.

There has been a reduction in the number of mainstage opera performances but apparently, in 2014, the AOBO supported 70 Sydney performances of a musical. (For players who feel downhearted by the prospect of the ballet season, this must have been a testing time). Are these paid for from subsidy or charged to the musical? Marketing costs are assigned to their respective activities but overheads are not. Overheads rose from $15m in 2011 (Exhibit 6.27), the year before the musicals program began, to $21m three years later. Remembering especially the reduction in mainstage opera activity, how much of this $6m increase in overheads paid for activities in support of the musicals program?

These questions do not stem from a dislike or disapproval of musicals. The writer just attended a performance of Anything Goes; it was extremely well produced and performed and wonderfully enjoyable. But if the musicals program is not safely making a financial contribution to this company that has been incurring a $2m a year loss, then it should be abandoned.

Because the financials around the musical theatre program seem to us to lack some transparency, we propose the possibility that musical theatre activity and any other substantial activity that does not address the OA mission and has primarily a commercial purpose should be set up under a separate company. In the case of musical theatre, the company could have two principal investors, the OA and the Gordon Frost organisation. OA funds provided to the company would have to be reported, would not include subsidy funds, and the OA would be protected from financial loss. As we recall, the financial troubles of both the AETT and the VSO arose in part from their involvements in musical theatre.

  1. Creation of an entity that oversees implementation, review and continuing development of a national opera strategy

If an agenda along the lines proposed above were to be adopted, there would be no need for the companies to advance in lock-step. Indeed, for evolutionary success, there would be advantage in each one following its own path.

However, there is a need for some alignment of approach and action in order to bring some cohesion to the national concept of opera in our day. The company boards can be expected to be concerned mainly about the governance and viability of their own companies, especially so given the inherently risky nature of opera. They probably will not be voluntarily thinking of, let alone committing to a national opera policy - nor assessing their contribution to its progress.

There needs to be a national body to carry forward such a policy agenda. It certainly could include representation from the companies but should not be in their control. Some members could be directly impacted by its decisions and others less so. It needs to have some powers for implementation and not be simply a think tank.

It might be established as a separate funding entity, a possibility advanced in the Review. It could come under the auspices of the Australia Council but perhaps it should take in more than the major opera companies so that it can take the comprehensive view; that would breach the current structure of the Council. A difficulty with the Australia Council in its new formation is that there is no ongoing structure to look after specialised policies even for the different artforms, let alone subsections of them such as opera.

It must be at arm's length from government. The Minister can control policy but under arm's length arrangements, cannot dictate individual funding decisions or other decisions as stated in the legislation for the body. The Review itself implies the propensity of powerful figures associated with the large companies to directly pressure the Minister to take particular decisions. With the policies proposed here and the effort needed to carry them through, the process needs to be beyond that sort of narrow interest.

  1. Conclusion

Through more equitable distribution of funding, the activities of most of the companies would expand and strengthen. The Victorian Opera would be added to the set of Major Opera Companies. Opera Queensland would be given some time to justify its continued status as a Major Opera Company. Opera Australia would no longer have the status or the cloudy responsibilities of a national company; its funding would be reduced since it would no longer have the responsibility of touring to Melbourne but its allocation would take into account its responsibility for maintaining a full time Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. The Opera Conference funds, and funds from the overall opera budget including those formerly needed to cover OA travel and related costs for its Melbourne season, would be redirected to two new funds that support the creation and presentation of operas of our time.

The core program of the Major Opera Companies probably would continue for the foreseeable future to present the heritage repertoire. The most crucial change under the plan proposed here is that there would be a concerted effort to recast opera as an artform of our time, through presentation of operas written in, and mostly about, our time. These could include existing mostly foreign operas and new operas by Australian creative teams. While many of these works would be musically attractive to large audiences and some would already have demonstrated popularity with audiences, even they nevertheless will carry financial risk (at least in the early years) greater than that incurred with presentation of many works from the heritage. Therefore the companies will be given some protection from this risk through reapplication of government funds to presentation of such works, and also to the programs for the creation of Australian works.

From a few statements in the Review, it would seem that in its final version it may propose increased subsidy to opera.

Also, in addition to the cost of, for instance, more productions of the heritage, the former Minister seemed headed in the direction of funding international touring by major performing arts organisations and this ("cultural diplomacy") has been mentioned also by the new Minister. In our view, this would be a very expensive diversion from the key agenda.

While we support an increase in opera funding, we are very conscious of opera's large share of the arts subsidy and we are of the view that that share should not increase.

That is a dilemma.

APPENDIX 1

The situation of classical music: ageing audiences for live performances?

For many years, attendees at Australian classical music concerts have commented on the advanced age of audience members. Chamber music concerts in particular had strong support from WW2 refugees from Europe. As it aged, there were observations that this audience would pass on and that since it appeared that it was not being replaced by young people, eventually there would not be sufficient ticket buyers and classical music would collapse.

But the dire predictions were not fulfilled. Audiences kept materialising. It was concluded that the classical music audience is replenished not by people in their 20s, but upon reaching middle age.

This conception replaced the previous one. Along with it grew an assumption that classical concerts are not for the young: It is a music that many people are ready for only once the hormones have settled, the children have left home and they have achieved a certain calm and maturity.

We have unearthed some data from the USA and France that call this into question.

The median age of attendees at orchestral concerts, USA (Sources: various, including the National Endowment for the Arts )

Year Age
1937 30
1962 38
2012 60 approx, for classical music

Here are figures for France:

Average age of classical music attendees, France (Norman Lebrecht, never shy of an opportunity for gloom, reports study at University of Limoges)

Year Age
1981 36
2013 61

Implications:

  • The classical audience was not always dependent upon replenishment from people entering middle age

  • It is not a law of nature that classical music is beyond the interest of young people. (Of course, there always have been wonderfully accomplished young practitioners of classical music, but here we are talking about the audience , formed partly by fashion.)

Percentage of the adult population attending performances of classical music, USA. Source: National Endowment for the Arts

Year %
2002 11.6%
2008 9.3
2012 8.8

USA opera

Year %
2002 3.2 %
2008 2.1
2012 2.1

So classical music attendance as a percentage of total population fell by one quarter and opera attendance by one third.

It is possible that the classical audience is diminished directly by the absence of a younger cohort and also that some of the people who join the audience in middle age were interested in classical music in their youth and are not so much discovering it as returning to it. If the number of young people interested in classical music diminished as suggested by the statistics, so then also would be the number who are available to reassert an interest in later life.

It is important to note that US research shows both a decline in attendance and an ageing audience at live events in most performing arts categories - theatre, dance etc. So this is to some extent about a diminishing interest in live events. Audiences for drama presumably have found a satisfactory substitute for theatre in cinema and television. This is not the case for classical music, opera, ballet and dance which rarely are seen in their own right in cinemas or on television. For classical music, listening-only media remain the alternatives.

We do not have data on average age of attendees in Australia. Anecdotally, people recall a stronger presence of young people at classical concerts in the 1960s - eg the oft-cited Sydney Proms for which young people queued through the night for tickets. So for some, an interest in classical music was at the least, fashionable. We do have data for the percentage of adult population attending classical concerts more recently:

Year % attending
1991 8%
1995 8%
1999 9%
2002 9%
2006 9.4%
2010 8.9%

This looks healthy although continuation of the 2006-10 decline to 2014 would not.

The ageing audience and strategies for attracting a young audience are a continuing issue for those who present live performances of classical music.

Implications:

  • The serious decline in classical music audiences in the USA is not echoed so far in Australia but there are reasons that we should act to pre-empt it
  • The absence of a young audience may contribute directly and indirectly to the decline
  • Since in the USA, the decline is seen across all live performing arts, it may not be specifically a classical music problem but classical music needs a solution.

Percent of U.S. Adults Who Attended a Classical Music Performance, by Age: 2008 and 2012

  2008 2012
All Adults 9.3% 8.8%
18-24 6.9% 6.7%
25-34 7.0% 7.3%
35-44 8.9% 6.4%**
55-64 11.6% 11.0%
65-74 12.2% 13.9%
75 and over 9.7% 10.9%

**change is statistically significant at the 95 percent confidence level

Source: National Endowment for the Arts. http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/highlights-from-2012-SPPA-revised-11-14.pdf http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/highlights-from-2012-SPPA-revised-11-14.pdf

The average age in 2012 must be towards the middle of the 55-64 age group.

The NEA figures come from a formal national survey. We do not know the provenance of the figures for the earlier years. Assume they are much less reliable. Nevertheless, they are consistent with some from other sources and are at least indicative.

APPENDIX 2

Sequences of operatic works by selected composers

Information from Wikipedia files

Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Janacek, Richard Strauss

MOZART

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_et_Hyacinthus Apollo et Hyacinthus , K. 38 (1767)

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastien_und_Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne , K. 50/46b (1768)

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_finta_semplice La finta semplice , K. 51 (1768)

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitridate,_re_di_Ponto Mitridate, re di Ponto , K. 87 (1770)

  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascanio_in_Alba Ascanio in Alba , K. 111 (1771)

  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_sogno_di_Scipione Il sogno di Scipione , K. 126 (1772)

  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucio_Silla Lucio Silla , K. 135 (1772)

  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thamos,_King_of_Egypt Thamos, König in Ägypten , K. 345/336a (1773, 1775)

  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_finta_giardiniera La finta giardiniera , K. 196 (1774-75)

  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_re_pastore Il re pastore , K. 208 (1775)

  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZaideZaide , K. 344 (1779)

  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idomeneo Idomeneo , K. 366 (1781)

  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Entf%C3%BChrung_aus_dem_Serail Die Entführung aus dem Serail , K. 384 (1782)

  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27oca_del_Cairo L'oca del Cairo , K. 422 (1783)

  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_sposo_deluso Lo sposo deluso , K. 430

  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Schauspieldirektor Der Schauspieldirektor , K. 486 (1786)

  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marriage_of_Figaro Le nozze di Figaro , K. 492 (1786)

  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Giovanni Don Giovanni , K. 527 (1787)

  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos%C3%AC_fan_tutte Così fan tutte , K. 588 (1789)

  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Flute Die Zauberflöte , K. 620 (1791)

  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_clemenza_di_Tito La clemenza di Tito , K. 621 (1791)

VERDI

# Title Libretto # Acts, Language Premiere details Remarks
1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberto_%28opera%29 Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio Antonio Piazza, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temistocle_Solera Temistocle Solera 2 acts, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_language Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_alla_Scala Teatro alla Scala , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan Milan ,
17 November 1839
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un_giorno_di_regno Un giorno di regno , later Il finto Stanislao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani 2 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
5 September 1840
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabucco Nabucco Temistocle Solera 4 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
9 March 1842
4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Lombardi_alla_prima_crociata I Lombardi alla prima crociata Temistocle Solera 4 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
11 February 1843
5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernani Ernani https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Maria_Piave Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_La_Fenice Teatro La Fenice , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice Venice ,
9 March 1844
6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_due_Foscari I due Foscari Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largo_di_Torre_Argentina Teatro Argentina , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome Rome ,
3 November 1844
7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanna_d%27Arco Giovanna d'Arco Temistocle Solera 3 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
15 February 1845
8 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzira_%28opera%29 Alzira https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Cammarano Salvatore Cammarano 2 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples Naples ,
12 August 1845
9 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attila_%28opera%29 Attila Temistocle Solera, Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_La_Fenice Teatro La Fenice , Venice,
17 March 1846
Solera abandoned the libretto after completing two acts and leaving a sketch of act 3. Piave completed act 3, with some changes agreed upon with Verdi.
10 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macbeth_%28opera%29 Macbeth Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_della_Pergola Teatro della Pergola , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence Florence ,
14 March 1847
11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_masnadieri I masnadieri https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Maffei Andrea Maffei 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her_Majesty%27s_Theatre Her Majesty's Theatre , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London London ,
22 July 1847
12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A9rusalem Jérusalem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Royer Alphonse Royer , Gustave Vaëz 4 acts, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language French https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Op%C3%A9ra Paris Opéra ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier ),
26 November 1847
French version of I Lombardi alla prima crociata with locations and characters changed to French ones
13 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_corsaro Il corsaro Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Lirico_Giuseppe_Verdi Teatro Grande , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trieste Trieste ,
25 October 1848
14 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_battaglia_di_Legnano La battaglia di Legnano Salvatore Cammarano 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Argentina Teatro Argentina , Rome,
27 January 1849
15 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Miller Luisa Miller Salvatore Cammarano 3 acts, Italian Teatro San Carlo, Naples,
8 December 1849
16 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiffelio Stiffelio Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian Teatro Grande, Trieste,
16 November 1850
17 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigoletto Rigoletto Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian Teatro La Fenice, Venice,
11 March 1851
18 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_trovatore Il trovatore Salvatore Cammarano, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leone_Emanuele_Bardare Leone Emanuele Bardare 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Apollo Teatro Apollo , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome Rome ,
19 January 1853
Cammarano died in July 1852 and, after delays for family reasons, Verdi engaged Bardare, a young Naples poet, and re-structured some of the existing libretto.
19 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_traviata La traviata Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian Teatro la Fenice, Venice,
6 March 1853
20 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_v%C3%AApres_siciliennes Les vêpres siciliennes Charles Duveyrier, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe 5 acts, French https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Op%C3%A9ra Paris Opéra ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier )
13 June 1855
21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_vespri_Siciliani Giovanna de Guzman Eugenio Caimi 5 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Regio_di_Parma Teatro Regio , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parma Parma ,
26 December 1855
Italian version of Les vêpres siciliennes.
         The opera was given under various titles: as Batilda di Turenne when seen by Verdi in Naples in
January 1858. After the unification of Italy in 1860, it could be performed with its Italian title, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_vespri_Siciliani I vespri Siciliani
22 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_trovatore Le trouvère Salvatore Cammarano, Leone Emanuele Bardare; Emilien Pacini (trans.) 4 acts, French https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Monnaie La Monnaie , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels Brussels ,
20 May 1856
Revised version of Il trovatore, although written for the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Op%C3%A9ra Paris Opéra with a ballet added, was given in Brussels, then performed at the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier on 12 January 1857.
23 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian Teatro La Fenice, Venice,
12 March 1857
24 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aroldo Aroldo Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Teatro_Nuovo&action=edit&redlink=1 Teatro Nuovo , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimini Rimini ,
16 August 1857
Revision of Stiffelio, but located in Anglo-Saxon England and characters' names changed. Act 3 was expanded and is different from Stiffelio
25 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un_ballo_in_maschera Un ballo in maschera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Somma Antonio Somma 3 acts, Italian Teatro Apollo, Rome,
17 February 1859
Final title of an opera which began as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_III_%28Verdi%29 Gustavo III for Naples in 1857, became Un vendetta in domino in 1858, and finally Un ballo in maschera in an American setting with Colonial-era characters in 1859
26 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_forza_del_destino La forza del destino Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolshoi_Kamenny_Theatre Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg Saint Petersburg ,
10 November 1862
27 Macbeth Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre_Lyrique Théâtre Lyrique , Paris,
21 April 1865
Revised version, with additions including Lady Macbeth's aria La luce langue and removal of Macbeth's final aria followed by his death off stage
28 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Carlos Don Carlos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_du_Locle Camille du Locle , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_M%C3%A9ry Joseph Méry 5 acts, French https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Op%C3%A9ra Paris Opéra ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier ),
11 March 1867
29 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_forza_del_destino La forza del destino Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
27 February 1869
Revised version, with text addition by Antonio Ghislanzoni
30 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida Aida https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Ghislanzoni Antonio Ghislanzoni 4 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khedivial_Opera_House Khedivial Opera House , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo Cairo ,
24 December 1871
31 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Carlo Don Carlo Camille du Locle, Joseph Méry; Achille de Lauzières (Italian trans.) 5 acts, Italian Teatro San Carlo, Naples,
November/December 1872
First revision of the translation (additions by Antonio Ghislanzoni). However, the first performance in Italian was at the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Opera_House Royal Italian Opera House in London, 4 June 1867 (severely cut). First official performance in Italian took place at the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Comunale_di_Bologna Teatro Comunale , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna Bologna on 27 October 1867 and was very successful.
32 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra Francesco Maria Piave 3 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
24 March 1881
Revised and expanded version, with text changes by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrigo_Boito Arrigo Boito and the notable addition of the Act 1 Council Chamber finale
33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_forza_del_destino La force du destin Francesco Maria Piave 4 acts, French https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerp Antwerp ,
14 March 1881
Revised version of La forza del destino translated into French by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Nuitter Charles Nuitter and Camille du Locle
34 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Carlo Don Carlo Camille du Locle, Joseph Méry 4 acts, French Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
10 January 1884
Second revision of Don Carlos with Camille du Locle and Charles Nuitter. Omitted Act 1 and the ballet.
35 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Carlo Don Carlo Camille du Locle, Joseph Méry 5 acts, Italian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Municipale_di_Reggio Teatro Municipale , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modena Modena ,
29 December 1886
Third revision of Don Carlos with https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Angelo_Zanardini&action=edit&redlink=1 Angelo Zanardini . Restored Act 1, Fontainebleau scene
36 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otello Otello https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrigo_Boito Arrigo Boito 4 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
5 February 1887
37 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falstaff_%28opera%29 Falstaff Arrigo Boito 3 acts, Italian Teatro alla Scala, Milan,
9 February 1893

WAGNER

WWV Title Genre Acts Composition date Première
date
Place and theatre Notes
1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leubald Leubald https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trauerspiel Trauerspiel 5 1827-28 9 August 1989 Bayreuth, Studiobühne Schützenhaus[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed citation needed ] Childhood attempt to write a grand tragedy based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare Shakespearean themes. A version of the text exists, but no music survives.
6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Laune_des_Verliebten Die Laune des Verliebten (unfinished)
English: The infatuated lover's caprice
Oper? - 1829-30 Unperformed - Based on a play by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe Goethe . Neither text nor music survives.
31 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Hochzeit Die Hochzeit (unfinished)
English: The Wedding
Oper - 1832 13 February 1938
(fragments)
Leipzig, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig_Opera Neues Theater Based on a story by J.G.G. Büsching
32 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Feen Die Feen
       English: The Fairies 
Score
Große https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantische_Oper romantische Oper 3 1833-34 29 June 1888 Munich, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Theatre_Munich Hoftheater A reworking of La donna serpente by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Gozzi Carlo Gozzi
38 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Liebesverbot Das Liebesverbot
       English: The Ban on Love 
Score
Große komische Oper 2 1835-36 29 March 1836 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdeburg Magdeburg , Stadttheater Loosely based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare Shakespeare 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_for_Measure Measure for Measure , and described (Osborne) as "a not very successful German imitation of Italian opera buffa."
40 Die hohe Braut
English: The High-born Bride
Große Oper 4 1836-42 1848 (date not recorded) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague Prague Libretto sketched by Wagner in 1836-37, completed in 1842, and eventually set to music by Jan Bedrich Kittl under the title Bianca und Giuseppe.
48 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4nnerlist_gr%C3%B6%C3%9Fer_als_Frauenlist Männerlist größer als Frauenlist, oder Die glückliche Bärenfamilie (unfinished)
English: Men are more cunning than women or The Happy Bear family
komische Oper - 1839 13 October 2007
(fragments)
London, Linbury Studio, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Opera_House Royal Opera House Based on a tale from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One_Nights One Thousand and One Nights . The libretto was completed but only the first three numbers set to music. These were lost until 1994.
49 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rienzi Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen
       English: Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes 
Score
Große tragische Oper 5 1839-40 20 October 1842 Dresden, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semperoper Hoftheater Based on a drama by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bulwer-Lytton,_1st_Baron_Lytton Edward Bulwer Lytton
63 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Dutchman_%28opera%29 Der fliegende Holländer
       English: The Flying Dutchman 
Score
romantische Oper 3 1841 2 January 1843 Dresden, Hoftheater The orchestration was revised by Wagner several times. The opera is sometimes performed in a single act, without intermissions
66 Die Sarazenin
English: The Saracen Woman
Oper 5 1841-42 Unperformed - Libretto based on the character https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred Manfred from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron Lord Byron 's drama, not set to music
68 Die Bergwerke zu Falun
English: The Mines of Falun
Oper 3 1842 Unperformed - Sketch of opera, based on a story by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._T._A._Hoffmann E. T. A. Hoffmann
70 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannh%C3%A4user_%28opera%29 Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf dem Wartburg (usually shortened to Tannhäuser)
       English:  Tannhäuser and the Song Contest on the Wartburg  
Score (Dresden and Paris versions)
Große romantische Oper 3 1843-45 19 October 1845;
       Revised version: 
18 March 1861
Dresden, Hoftheater (1845);
Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Opera Opéra (1861)
Wagner did not produce a definitive edition of the score. The Paris premiere was disrupted by political and other demonstrations.
75 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohengrin_%28opera%29 Lohengrin
       
Score
romantische Oper 3 1846-48 28 August 1850 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weimar Weimar , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_Nationaltheater_and_Staatskapelle_Weimar Hoftheater Loosely based on the German legend of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohengrin Lohengrin , as presented in medieval verse including https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfram_von_Eschenbach Wolfram von Eschenbach 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parzival Parzival
76 Friedrich I Oper? 5 1848-49 Unperformed - Project on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_I_of_Prussia Frederick I of Prussia , possibly intended as a music drama. No libretto or music written
80 Jesus von Nazareth
English: Jesus of Nazareth
Oper? 5 1848-49 Unperformed - Prose draft only for libretto, no music written. Aspects of the sketch may have been used in the writing of Parsifal
81 Achilleus
English: Achilles
Oper? 3 1848-49 Unperformed - Prose sketch, no music written
82 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieland_der_Schmied_%28libretto%29 Wieland der Schmied
English: Wieland the Smith
Heldenoper 3 1849-50 Unperformed - Prose sketch for a heroic opera, offered to and rejected by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Liszt Liszt and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector_Berlioz Berlioz . Eventually adapted by O. Schlemm and set by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A1n_Levoslav_Bella Ján Levoslav Bella (premiere Slovak National Theatre, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bratislava Bratislava , 28 April 1926)
86A https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Rheingold Das Rheingold
       English: The Rhine Gold 
Score
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BChnenfestspiel Bühnenfestspiel , Vorabend 1 1853-54 22 September 1869 Munich, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Theatre_Munich Hofoper First part of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Ring_des_Nibelungen Der Ring des Nibelungen . First performance as part of complete Ring cycle: 13 August 1876, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayreuth_Festspielhaus Bayreuth Festspielhaus
86B https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Walk%C3%BCre Die Walküre
       English: The Valkyrie 
Score
Bühnenfestspiel, erster Tag 3 1854-56 26 June 1870 Munich, Hofoper Second part of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Ring_des_Nibelungen Der Ring des Nibelungen . First performed as part of complete Ring cycle: 14 August 1876, at Bayreuth Festspielhaus
89 Die Sieger
English: The Victors
Oper? - 1856 Unperformed - Prose outline and music sketches for an opera on a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism Buddhist subject; some music may have been used in later works.
90 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_und_Isolde Tristan und Isolde
       English: Tristan and Isolde 
Score
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handlung" Handlung 3 1857-59 10 June 1865 Munich, Hofoper Based in part on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_von_Strassburg Gottfried von Strassburg 's medieval epic, also believed to be an idealisation of Wagner's love for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathilde_Wesendonck Mathilde Wesendonck
96 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Meistersinger_von_N%C3%BCrnberg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
       English: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg 
Score
Oper 3 1861-67 21 June 1868 Munich, Hofoper Wagner's only mature attempt at a comic opera, based on a draft originally written in 1845
99 Luthers Hochzeit
English: Luther's Wedding
Oper? - 1868 Unperformed - A sketch play/libretto about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther Martin Luther and his decision to marry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharina_Luther Katherina von Bora
86C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_%28opera%29 Siegfried
Score
Bühnenfestspiel, zweiter Tag 3 1856-71 16 August 1876 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayreuth_Festspielhaus Bayreuth Festspielhaus Third part of Der Ring des Nibelungen. The composition was interrupted for 12 years between 1857 and 1869.
86D https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6tterd%C3%A4mmerung Götterdämmerung
       English: Twilight of the Gods 
Score
Bühnenfestspiel, dritter Tag 3 1871-74 17 August 1876 Bayreuth Festspielhaus Fourth part of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
102 Eine Kapitulation
English: A Capitulation
Lustspiel in antiker Manier - 1871 Unperformed - A farce based on the siege of Paris, 1870. Wagner unsuccessfully asked https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Richter_%28conductor%29 Hans Richter to set it to music
111 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsifal Parsifal
Score
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BChnenweihfestspiel Bühnenweihfestspiel 3 1877-82 26 July 1882 Bayreuth Festspielhaus

ROSSINI

Title Genre Acts Libretto Premiere date Place, opera house
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demetrio_e_Polibio Demetrio e Polibio
dramma serio 2 acts Vincenzina Vigano-Mombelli, possibly after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastasio Metastasio 18 May 1812
(composed 1806-1809)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome Rome , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_cambiale_di_matrimonio La cambiale di matrimonio
farsa comica 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Rossi Gaetano Rossi , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camillo_Federici Camillo Federici and Giuseppe Checcherini's libretto (1807) for Carlo Coccia 3 November 1810 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice Venice , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_San_Mois%C3%A8 Teatro San Moisè
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27equivoco_stravagante L'equivoco stravagante
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramma_giocoso dramma giocoso 2 acts Gaetano Gasbarri 26 October 1811 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna Bologna , Teatro del Corso
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27inganno_felice L'inganno felice
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farsa farsa 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after Giuseppe Palomba's libretto (1798) for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Paisiello Giovanni Paisiello 8 January 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciro_in_Babilonia Ciro in Babilonia ,
    ossia La caduta di Baldassare
dramma con cori 2 acts Francesco Aventi 14 March 1812 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrara Ferrara , Teatro comunale di Ferrara
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_scala_di_seta La scala di seta
farsa comica 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after François-Antoine-Eugène de Planard's libretto (1808) for Pierre Gaveaux 9 May 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_pietra_del_paragone La pietra del paragone
melodramma giocoso 2 acts Luigi Romanelli 26 September 1812 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan Milan , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala Teatro alla Scala
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27occasione_fa_il_ladro L'occasione fa il ladro ,
    ossia Il cambio della valigia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burletta burletta per musica 1 act Luigi Prividali, after Le prétendu sans le savoir (1810) by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe 24 November 1812 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_signor_Bruschino Il signor Bruschino ,
    ossia Il figlio per azzardo
farsa giocoso 1 act Giuseppe Maria Foppa, after Le fils par hasard (1809) by René Alissan de Chazet and Maurice Ourry 27 January 1813 Venice, Teatro San Moisè
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tancredi Tancredi
melodramma eroico 2 acts Gaetano Rossi, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire Voltaire  ;
revised by Luigi Lechi
6 February 1813;
revised version: 21 March 1813
Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Fenice Teatro La Fenice  ;
revised version: Ferrara
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27italiana_in_Algeri L'italiana in Algeri
dramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Anelli Angelo Anelli , originally written (1808) for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Mosca Luigi Mosca 22 May 1813 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_San_Benedetto Teatro San Benedetto
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aureliano_in_Palmira Aureliano in Palmira
dramma serio 2 acts G.F.R. (attributed to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , possibly in collaboration with Luigi Romanelli, or Gian Francesco Romanelli, after Gaetano Sertor 26 December 1813 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_turco_in_Italia Il turco in Italia
dramma buffo 2 acts Felice Romani, after Caterino Mazzolà's libretto (1788) for Franz Seydelmann 14 August 1814 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigismondo Sigismondo
dramma 2 acts Giuseppe Maria Foppa 26 December 1814 Venice, Teatro La Fenice
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabetta,_regina_d%27Inghilterra Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt, after Carlo Federici and Sophia Lee 4 October 1815 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naples Naples , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torvaldo_e_Dorliska Torvaldo e Dorliska
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramma_semiserio dramma semiserio 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Sterbini Cesare Sterbini , after Jean-Baptiste de Coudry's Vie et amours du chevalier de Faubles (1790) and other libretti based on this work such as Claude-François Fillette-Loraux's libretto (1791) for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Cherubini Luigi Cherubini and Francesco Gonella's libretto for (1796) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Mayr Simon Mayr and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinando_Paer Ferdinando Paer 26 December 1815 Rome, Teatro Valle
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Barber_of_Seville Il barbiere di Siviglia ,
    ossia L'inutile precauzione
    (initially titled Almaviva)
commedia 2 acts Cesare Sterbini, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Beaumarchais Beaumarchais and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Petrosellini Giuseppe Petrosellini 's libretto (1782) for Giovanni Paisiello 20 February 1816 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Argentina Teatro Argentina
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_gazzetta La gazzetta ,
    ossia Il matrimonio per concorso
dramma ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_buffa opera buffa ) 2 acts Giuseppe Palomba (revised by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola ), after Il matrimonio per concorso (1763) by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Goldoni Carlo Goldoni 26 September 1816 Naples, Teatro de' Fiorentini
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otello_%28Rossini%29 Otello ,
    ossia Il Moro di Venezia
dramma 3 acts Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa, after the play by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare William Shakespeare 4 December 1816 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Cenerentola La Cenerentola ,
    ossia La bontà in trionfo
dramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti , after Cendrillon (1698) by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault Charles Perrault and several libretti derived from it such as Charles-Guillaume Etienne's libretto for Nicolas Isouard (1810) and Francesco Fiorini's libretto for Stefano Pavesi's Agatina (1814) 25 January 1817 Rome, Teatro Valle
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_gazza_ladra La gazza ladra
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melodramma melodramma 2 acts Giovanni Gherardini, after La Pie voleuse (1815) by Jean-Marie-Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez 31 May 1817 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armida_%28Rossini%29 Armida
dramma 3 acts Giovanni Schmidt, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Delivered Gerusalemme liberata by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torquato_Tasso Torquato Tasso 11 November 1817 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_di_Borgogna Adelaide di Borgogna ,
    ossia Ottone, re d'Italia
dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt 27 December 1817 Rome, Teatro Argentina
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos%C3%A8_in_Egitto Mosè in Egitto
azione tragico-sacra 3 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after L'Osiride (1760) by Francesco Ringhieri 5 March 1818 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adina_%28opera%29 Adina ,
    ossia Il califfo di Bagdad
farsa 1 act Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini, possibly after Felice Romani's libretto Il Califfo e la schiava for Francesco Basily (1819) 22 June 1826
(composed 1818)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon Lisbon , Teatro Reale di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricciardo_e_Zoraide Ricciardo e Zoraide
dramma 2 acts Francesco Maria Berio di Salsa, after the poem Ricciardetto by Niccolò Forteguerri 3 December 1818 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ermione Ermione
azione tragica 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after Andromaque (1667) by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Racine Jean Racine 27 March 1819 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_e_Cristina Eduardo e Cristina
    (sometimes titled Edoardo e Cristina)
dramma 2 acts Giovanni Schmidt (originally written [1810] for Stefano Pavesi), revised for Rossini by Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini and Andrea Leone Tottola 24 April 1819 Venice, Teatro San Benedetto
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_donna_del_lago La donna del lago
melodramma 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after The Lady of the Lake by Sir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Scott Walter Scott 24 October 1819 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bianca_e_Falliero Bianca e Falliero ,
    ossia Il consiglio dei tre
melodramma 2 acts Felice Romani, after Blanche et Montcassin by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine-Vincent_Arnault Antoine-Vincent Arnault 26 December 1819 Milan, Teatro alla Scala
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maometto_II Maometto II
    (revised 1822)
dramma 2 acts Cesare della Valle, possibly after Felice Romani;
revised by Gaetano Rossi
3 December 1820;
revised version: 26 December 1822
Naples, Teatro di San Carlo;
revised version: Venice, Teatro La Fenice
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilde_di_Shabran Matilde di Shabran ,
    ossia Bellezza e Cuor di Ferro
    (also titled Matilde Shabran [initially], Bellezza e Cuor di Ferro [Naples, 1821] and Corradino [Milan, also 1821])
melodramma giocoso 2 acts Jacopo Ferretti, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois-Beno%C3%AEt_Hoffman François-Benoît Hoffman 's libretto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrosine Euphrosine, ou Le tyran corrigé (1790) for Étienne Méhul and Jacques-Marie Boutet de Monvel (1798), derived from Voltaire 24 February 1821 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Apollo Teatro Apollo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelmira Zelmira
dramma 2 acts Andrea Leone Tottola, after Zelmire (1762) by Dormont de Belloy 16 February 1822 Naples, Teatro di San Carlo
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiramide Semiramide
melodramma tragico 2 acts Gaetano Rossi, after Voltaire 3 February 1823 Venice, Teatro La Fenice
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugo,_re_d%27Italia Ugo, re d'Italia
    (unfinished)
dramma? 3? acts Gaetano Rossi? not performed
(composed 1823-1824)
intended for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London London
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_viaggio_a_Reims Il viaggio a Reims ,
    ossia L'albergo del Giglio d'Oro
dramma giocoso 3 acts;
now usually 1 act
Luigi Balocchi, after Corinne, ou L'Italie by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_de_Sta%C3%ABl Madame de Staël 19 June 1825 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre_national_de_l%27Op%C3%A9ra-Comique Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_si%C3%A8ge_de_Corinthe Le siège de Corinthe
    (revision of Maometto secondo)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trag%C3%A9die_lyrique tragédie lyrique 3 acts Luigi Balocchi and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Soumet Alexandre Soumet , after the libretto for Maometto II 9 October 1826 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Op%C3%A9ra Paris Opéra , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%C3%AFse_et_Pharaon Moïse et Pharaon ,
    ou Le passage de la mer rouge
    (revision of Mosè in Egitto)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ra opéra 4 acts Luigi Balocchi and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor-Joseph_%C3%89tienne_de_Jouy Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy , after the libretto for Mosè in Egitto 26 March 1827 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_comte_Ory Le comte Ory
opéra ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ra_comique opéra comique ) 2 acts Eugène Scribe and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles-Gaspard_Delestre-Poirson Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson 20 August 1828 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_%28opera%29 Guillaume Tell
opéra 4 acts Victor-Joseph-Ėtienne de Jouy, Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis and Armand Marrast, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Schiller Friedrich Schiller 3 August 1829 Paris Opéra, Salle Le Peletier

DONIZETTI

Title Genre Subdivisions Libretto Premiere date Place, theatre Notes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_Pigmalione Il Pigmalione scena drammatica 1 act 13 October 1960, completed 1816 Bergamo, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Donizetti Teatro Donizetti
Olimpiade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metastasio Metastasio 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Olimpiade L'Olimpiade incomplete, composed 1817
L'ira di Achille 1 act incomplete, composed 1817
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_di_Borgogna Enrico di Borgogna https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melodramma melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeo_Merelli Bartolomeo Merelli 14 November 1818 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_San_Luca Teatro San Luca
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Una_follia Una follia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farsa farsa 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeo_Merelli Bartolomeo Merelli 17 December 1818, lost Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_San_Luca Teatro San Luca
I piccioli virtuosi ambulanti opera buffa 1 act 1819 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasticcio pasticcio performed by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Mayr Mayr 's students
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_falegname_di_Livonia,_o_Pietro_il_grande,_czar_delle_Russie Il falegname di Livonia, o Pietro il grande, czar delle Russie opera buffa 2 acts Gherardo Bevilacqua-Aldobrandini 26 December 1819 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_San_Samuele Teatro San Samuele
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Le_nozze_in_villa&action=edit&redlink=1 Le nozze in villa opera buffa 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeo_Merelli Bartolomeo Merelli carnival 1820-1821, completed 1819 Mantua, Teatro Vecchio
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoraida_di_Granata Zoraida di Granata melodramma heroico 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeo_Merelli Bartolomeo Merelli  ; revised for Rome 1824 by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti 28 January 1822 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Argentina Teatro Argentina , rev. 7 January 1824 at the same theatre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_zingara La zingara dramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola 12 May 1822 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_lettera_anonima La lettera anonima dramma per musica 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Giulio_Genoino_%28poet%29&action=edit&redlink=1 Giulio Genoino ( https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giulio_Genoino_%28poeta%29 it ) 29 June 1822 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chiara_e_Serafina,_o_Il_pirata&action=edit&redlink=1 Chiara e Serafina, o Il pirata melodramma semiserio 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Charles_Guilbert_de_Pix%C3%A9r%C3%A9court Pixérécourt 's La cisterne 26 October 1822 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_il_grande Alfredo il grande dramma per musica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola 2 July 1823 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
Il fortunato inganno dramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola 3 September 1823 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27ajo_nell%27imbarazzo L'ajo nell'imbarazzo
[see also Don Gregorio]
melodramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Giraud Giovanni Giraud 's comedy 4 February 1824 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilia_di_Liverpool Emilia di Liverpool
[see also L'eremitaggio di Liverpool]
dramma semiserio 2 acts anonymous, after S. Scatizzi's Emilia de Laverpaut 28 July 1824 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alahor_in_Granata Alahor in Granata dramma 2 acts M. A. 7 January 1826 Palermo, Teatro Carolino
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Gregorio_%28opera%29 Don Gregorio
[rev of L'ajo nell'imbarazzo]
melodramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti 11 June 1826 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvida Elvida dramma 1 act Giovanni F. Schmidt 6 July 1826 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriella_di_Vergy Gabriella di Vergy tragedia lirica 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Laurent_Buirette_de_Belloy Pierre de Belloy 29 November 1869, completed 1826 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivo_e_Pasquale Olivo e Pasquale melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti , after Simeone Antonio Sografi 7 January 1827 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_mesi_in_due_ore Otto mesi in due ore , ossia Gli esiliati in Siberia opera romantica 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after Pixérécourt's La fille de l'exilé 13 May 1827 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_borgomastro_di_Saardam Il borgomastro di Saardam melodramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9lesville Mélesville , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jean-Toussaint_Merle&action=edit&redlink=1 Jean-Toussaint Merle [ https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Toussaint_Merle fr ] and https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eug%C3%A8ne_Cantiran_de_Boirie&action=edit&redlink=1 Eugène Cantiran de Boirie [ https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Cantiran_de_Boirie fr ] 19 August 1827 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_convenienze_teatrali Le convenienze teatrali
[see also Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali ]
farsa 1 act Gaetano Donizetti, after Simeone Antonio Sografi 21 November 1827 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27esule_di_Roma L'esule di Roma , ossia Il proscritto melodramma eroico 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after Luigi Marchionni's Il proscritto romano 1 January 1828 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27eremitaggio_di_Liverpool L'eremitaggio di Liverpool
[rev of Emilia di Liverpool]
melodramma semiserio 2 acts Giuseppe Checcherini, after Scatizzi 8 March 1828 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alina,_regina_di_Golconda Alina, regina di Golconda melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel-Jean_Sedaine Sedaine 's libretto for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Alexandre_Monsigny Monsigny 's opera-ballet Aline, reine de Golconde 12 May 1828 Genoa, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Carlo_Felice Teatro Carlo Felice
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianni_di_Calais Gianni di Calais melodramma semiserio 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after a novel by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles-Victor_Pr%C3%A9vot,_vicomte_d%27Arlincourt Arlincourt 2 August 1828 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_paria Il paria melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_Delavigne Delavigne 12 January 1829 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_gioved%C3%AC_grasso Il giovedì grasso , o Il nuovo Pourceaugnac farsa 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni 26 February 1829 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabetta_al_castello_di_Kenilworth Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth melodramma 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Scribe 's Leicester and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo Hugo 's Amy Robsart 6 July 1829 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alina,_regina_di_Golconda Alina, regina di Golconda [rev] melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after Sedaine 10 October 1829 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_pazzi_per_progetto I pazzi per progetto farsa 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni 6 February 1830 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_diluvio_universale Il diluvio universale azione tragica-sacra 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron Byron 's Heaven and Earth and Francesco Ringhieri's tragedy Il diluvio 6 March 1830 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imelda_de%27_Lambertazzi Imelda de' Lambertazzi melodramma tragico 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola 5 September 1830 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Bolena Anna Bolena tragedia lirica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ippolito_Pindemonte Pindemonte 's tragedy Enrico VIII, ossia Anna Bolena and Alessandro Pepoli's Anna Bolena 26 December 1830 Milan, Teatro Carcano
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianni_di_Parigi Gianni di Parigi melodramma comico 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Claude_Godard_d%27Aucourt_de_Saint-Just&action=edit&redlink=1 Saint-Just's [ https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Godard_d%27Aucourt_de_Saint-Just fr ] libretto for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois-Adrien_Boieldieu Boieldieu 's opéra-comique Jean de Paris 10 September 1839, composed c. 1828-1831 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_convenienze_ed_inconvenienze_teatrali Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali
[rev of Le convenienze teatrali]
dramma giocoso 2 acts Donizetti, after Sografi 20 April 1831 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_alla_Canobbiana Teatro alla Canobbiana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_di_Foix Francesca di Foix melodramma 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni , after a libretto by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Nicolas_Bouilly Jean-Nicolas Bouilly and Emmanuel Mercier-Dupaty for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Montan_Berton Henri Montan Berton 's 3-act opéra-comique Françoise de Foix. 30 May 1831 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_romanziera_e_l%27uomo_nero La romanziera e l'uomo nero
(or La romanzesca e l'uomo nero)
farsa 1 act https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni 18 June 1831 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo (arias and ensembles survive but spoken dialogue is lost)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fausta_%28opera%29 Fausta melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni and Donizetti 12 January 1832 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugo,_conte_di_Parigi Ugo, conte di Parigi tragedia lirica 4 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis: Blanche d'Aquitaine 13 March 1832 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27elisir_d%27amore L'elisir d'amore melodramma giocoso 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Scribe 's libretto for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Auber Auber 's Le philtre 12 May 1832 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_alla_Canobbiana Teatro alla Canobbiana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancia_di_Castiglia Sancia di Castiglia tragedia lirica 2 acts Pietro Salatino 4 November 1832 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_furioso_all%27isola_di_San_Domingo Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo melodramma 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti , after an anonymous play on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes Cervantes ' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote Don Quixote 2 January 1833 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
Otto mesi in due ore [rev] opera romantica 3 acts Antonio Alcozer after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni 1833 Livorno
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parisina_%28opera%29 Parisina melodramma 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron Byron 17 March 1833 Florence, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_della_Pergola Teatro della Pergola
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torquato_Tasso_%28opera%29 Torquato Tasso melodramma 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Ferretti Jacopo Ferretti 9 September 1833 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Valle Teatro Valle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Borgia_%28opera%29 Lucrezia Borgia melodramma prologue & 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo Victor Hugo 26 December 1833 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
Il diluvio universale [rev] azione tragico-sacra 3 acts anonymous, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Gilardoni Domenico Gilardoni 17 January 1834 Genoa, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Carlo_Felice Teatro Carlo Felice
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosmonda_d%27Inghilterra Rosmonda d'Inghilterra melodramma serio 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani 27 February 1834 Florence, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_della_Pergola Teatro della Pergola
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Stuarda Maria Stuarda tragedia lirica 2 acts (or 3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Bardari Giuseppe Bardari , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Maffei Andrea Maffei 's translation of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Schiller Schiller 30 December 1835 (in 3 acts), completed August 1834 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
Buondelmonte
[rev of Maria Stuarda]
tragedia lirica 2 acts Pietro Salatino 18 October 1834 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemma_di_Vergy Gemma di Vergy tragedia lirica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Giovanni_Emanuele_Bidera&action=edit&redlink=1 Giovanni Emanuele Bidera ( https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Emanuele_Bidera it ), after the play Charles VII by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Dumas Dumas 26 December 1834 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marino_Faliero_%28opera%29 Marino Faliero tragedia lirica 3 acts Giovanni Emanuele Bidera with revisions by Agostino Ruffini, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_Delavigne Casimir Delavigne 's adaptation of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron Byron 's play https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marino_Faliero,_Doge_of_Venice Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice 12 March 1835 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-Italien Théâtre-Italien
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_di_Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor
[see also #Lucie_de_Lammermoor Lucie de Lammermoor ]
dramma tragico 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Scott Walter Scott 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bride_of_Lammermoor The Bride of Lammermoor 26 September 1835 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisario Belisario tragedia lirica 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after Eduard von Schenk as translated by Luigi Marchionni 4 February 1836 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Fenice La Fenice
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_campanello_di_notte Il campanello di notte melodramma giocoso 1 act Donizetti, after the vaudeville La sonnette de nuit by Léon Levy Brunswick ( https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=L%C3%A9on_Lh%C3%A9rie&action=edit&redlink=1 Léon Lhérie ), Mathieu-Barthélmy Troin, and Victor Lhérie 1 June 1836 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betly Betly, o La capanna svizzera dramma giocoso 1 act Donizetti, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Scribe 's and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9lesville Mélesville 's libretto for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolphe_Adam Adam 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_chalet Le chalet 21 August 1836 Naples, Teatro Nuovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27assedio_di_Calais L'assedio di Calais dramma lirico 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Belloy Pierre de Belloy 19 November 1836 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia_de%27_Tolomei Pia de' Tolomei tragedia lirica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_commedia La commedia 18 February 1837 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Apollo Teatro Apollo
Pia de' Tolomei [rev] tragedia lirica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after Bartolomeo Sestini, and Dante's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_commedia La commedia 31 July 1837 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senigallia Sinigaglia
Betly [rev] dramma giocoso 1 act Donizetti 29 September 1837 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_del_Fondo Teatro del Fondo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Devereux Roberto Devereux tragedia lirica 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques-Fran%C3%A7ois_Ancelot François Ancelot 's tragedy Elisabeth d'Angleterre 28 October 1837 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_de_Rudenz Maria de Rudenz dramma tragico 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after the play La nonne sanglante by Anicet-Bourgeois, Cuvelier and Maillan 30 January 1838 Venice, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Fenice La Fenice
Gabriella di Vergy [rev] tragedia lirica 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Leone_Tottola Andrea Leone Tottola , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Belloy" Pierre de Belloy August 1978 recording, composed 1838 London
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliuto Poliuto
[see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Martyrs Les Martyrs ]
tragedia lirica 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Corneille Pierre Corneille 30 November 1848, completed July 1838 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia_de%27_Tolomei Pia de' Tolomei [rev 2] tragedia lirica 2 acts anonymous revision of Cammarano's libretto May 1838 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Argentina Teatro Argentina
Lucie de Lammermoor
[rev of Lucia di Lammermoor, in French]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_op%C3%A9ra grand opéra 3 acts (or 4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Royer Alphonse Royer and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Va%C3%ABz Gustave Vaëz , after the Italian libretto 6 August 1839 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre_de_la_Renaissance Théâtre de la Renaissance
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_duc_d%27Albe Le duc d'Albe
[see also Il duca d'Alba]
grand opéra 4 acts Charles Duveyrier and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe incomplete, composed 1839
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27ange_de_Nisida L'ange de Nisida
[see also #La_favorite La favorite]
opera semiseria 4 parts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Royer Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz unperformed, completed 27 December 1839
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Borgia_%28opera%29 Lucrezia Borgia [rev] dramma per musica prologue & 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo Victor Hugo 11 January 1840 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Martyrs Les Martyrs
[rev of Poliuto, in French]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_op%C3%A9ra grand opéra 4 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe 's revision and expansion of Cammarano's original libretto 10 April 1840 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Opera Paris Opera , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_fille_du_r%C3%A9giment La fille du régiment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ra_comique opéra comique 2 acts Jean-François-Alfred Bayard and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint Georges 11 February 1840 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ra-Comique Opéra-Comique
Lucrezia Borgia [rev 2] dramma per musica prologue & 2 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo Victor Hugo 31 October 1840 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-Italien" Théâtre-Italien
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_favorite La favorite
[rev of L'ange de Nisida]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_op%C3%A9ra grand opéra 4 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Royer Alphonse Royer , Gustave Vaëz and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe 2 December 1840 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Opera Paris Opera , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelia_%28opera%29 Adelia melodramma serio 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felice_Romani Felice Romani (Acts 1 & 2) and Girolamo Marini (Act 3), after an anonymous French play 11 February 1841 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Apollo Teatro Apollo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_%28opera%29 Rita
(Deux hommes et une femme)
opéra-comique 1 act Gustave Vaëz 7 May 1860, completed 1841 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Op%C3%A9ra-Comique Opéra-Comique
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Padilla Maria Padilla melodramma 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Rossi Gaetano Rossi and Donizetti, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Ancelot François Ancelot 26 December 1841 Milan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala La Scala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_di_Chamounix Linda di Chamounix melodramma semiserio 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Rossi Gaetano Rossi 19 May 1842 Vienna, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4rntnertortheater Kärntnertortheater
Linda di Chamounix [rev] melodramma semiserio 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Rossi Gaetano Rossi 17 November 1842 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-Italien Théâtre-Italien
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterina_Cornaro_%28opera%29 Caterina Cornaro tragedia lirica 2 acts Giacomo Sacchèro, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules-Henri_Vernoy_de_Saint-Georges Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges ' libretto for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fromental_Hal%C3%A9vy Halévy 's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_reine_de_Chypre La reine de Chypre 18 January 1844 Naples, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_di_San_Carlo Teatro di San Carlo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Pasquale Don Pasquale dramma buffo 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Ruffini Giovanni Ruffini and Donizetti, after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Anelli Angelo Anelli 's Ser Marcantio; published with credit to "M.A." 3 January 1843 Paris, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9%C3%A2tre-Italien Théâtre-Italien
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_di_Rohan Maria di Rohan melodramma tragico 3 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadore_Cammarano Salvadore Cammarano , after https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockroy Lockroy (J. P. Simon) and Badon's Un duel sous le Cardinal de Richelieu 5 June 1843 Vienna, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4rntnertortheater Kärntnertortheater
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_S%C3%A9bastien Dom Sébastien , roi de Portugal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_op%C3%A9ra grand opéra 5 acts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Eugène Scribe , after the play by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Foucher Paul Foucher 13 November 1843 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Opera Paris Opera , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salle_Le_Peletier Salle Le Peletier
Dom Sebastian von Portugal
[rev of Dom Sébastien]
große Oper 5 acts Leo Herz's translation of Scribe's libretto 6 February 1845 Vienna, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4rntnertortheater Kärntnertortheater
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_duc_d%27Albe Il duca d'Alba [completion by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Salvi Matteo Salvi of original Le duc d'Albe] opera 4 acts Angelo Zanardini's revision of the original libretto by Duveyrier and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Scribe Scribe 22 March 1882 Rome, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Apollo Teatro Apollo

RICHARD STRAUSS

First opera in 1894, 168th work. Strauss wrote many many other works, including many vocal works, before composing his first opera, never heard today. Nearly all of his operas are famous and fairly often performed.

Third opera, Salome, eleven years later.

215 54 - 1905 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salome_%28opera%29 Salome , opera in one act
223 58 - 1909 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektra_%28opera%29 Elektra , tragedy in one act
227 59 - 1911 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier , opera in three acts
228 60 - 1912 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariadne_auf_Naxos Ariadne auf Naxos , opera in one act
234 65 - 1919 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Frau_ohne_Schatten Die Frau ohne Schatten , opera in three acts
246 72 - 1924 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermezzo_%28opera%29 Intermezzo , opera in two acts
255 75 - 1928 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_%C3%A4gyptische_Helena Die Ägyptische Helena , opera in two acts
263 79 - 1933 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabella Arabella , opera in three acts
278 83 256 1940 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Liebe_der_Danae Die Liebe der Danae , opera in three acts
279 85 - 1942 opera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capriccio_%28opera%29 Capriccio , opera in one act

Referecnes

  1. Advisory Council members: http://musictrust.com.au/about/council/ http://musictrust.com.au/about/council/ There are two main websites: http://www.musictrust.com.auwww.musictrust.com.au and http://www.musicinaustralia.org.au www.musicinaustralia.org.au and a special music education advocacy site, http://www.thefulldeal.com.au www.thefulldeal.com.au.
  2. Richard Letts has been a practising musician. He holds a PhD from the University of Californian at Berkeley, was Director of two performing arts schools in the USA, returned to Australia as Director of the Music Board of the Australia Council, then of the Australian Music Centre. While at the Music Board, he wrote the 'Tribe Report' which led to the independence of the former ABC orchestras. In 1994, he established the national music council now known as Music Australia, and left it in 2013 and set up The Music Trust. He has completed major research projects and published books and many papers. From 2005 to 2009, he was President of the International Music Council, based at UNESCO, Paris. He has not worked in opera.
  3. Marvin Hamlisch, composer of Chorus Line, says that it took eight years of workshopping before its eventual full production. The test for musicals is ultimately, will they make a profit? The test for serious opera is, is it good? It may be helpful to make the following distinction in matters of government financial assistance. 'Industry assistance' to commercial activity such as the production of popular musicals (were it available) has the objective of supporting activity to enable it to make a profit. If it makes a profit, it has succeeded; if it does not make a profit, it has not succeeded even if, artistically, the work is good. If it was not commercially successful, the conditions for further assistance probably are not present, and if it was successful, further assistance is not needed. 'Artistic subsidy' is to support work considered to be of high artistic value, which cannot be produced on earned income alone. Its success is measured artistically. There may be financial benchmarks but normally it would not be expected that with artistic success comes financial viability. Success is artistic and recommends the producers for further subsidy, quite the opposite to the situation with industry assistance. Apologies to committee members for whom this was already obvious. We find considerable confusion in the community on this matter.
  4. Review Exhibit 2.11 shows that Opera Australia had a less diverse repertoire than the cite foreign companies with the exception of Teatro alla Scale which had the greatest focus on 19C works. In 2012, OA was one of the five, out of 12, with no 21C works.
  5. A random group of other German cities with full-time opera companies, and their populations: Aachen, 240,000; Augsberg, 273,000; Karlruhe, 296,000; Saarbrucken, 176,000; Trier, 105,000; Wiesbaden, 272,000; Wuppertal, 342,000. It is likely that these companies receive about 80% of their budgets in subsidy. However, they must be able to present a substantial annual program to good audiences - which is to say, they find it possible to attract audiences to programs comparable to or larger than those of any of our state companies.

Articles in this series

National Opera Review: 1. Introduction and Discussion Paper

National Opera Review: 2. Submission by The Music Trust

National Opera Review: 3. Final Report of the Review Committee

National Opera Review: 4. Response to the Final Report

National Opera Review: 5. Response to the Final Report by the Government

National Opera Review: 6. Response to the Government by The Music Trust

Author

Richard Letts

DATE: Published November 2015. Uploaded April 6 2018

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