Since the 17th century, opera has changed to serve many different audiences, stories, and purposes. As early as Mozart and Verdi, librettists and composers reflected real questions from the communities around them in their work. Though they may have been censored, musical conventions brought to life political and social turmoils in Europe, showing their relevance to their time. In the 21st century, opera artists ask how opera can be relevant and complementary to society, which is vital opera’s success.
With more and more competition for support for the arts, it is crucial that a community is built around the new operas that respond to events of the modern world. Audiences need a place to find where new works are being produced and to learn about the musicians and managers that produce them. Likewise, musicians and managers need a place to connect about the challenges and successes of putting on a new opera. Both promotional and educational components are valued as part of Living Opera.
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