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    Question Opera festival?

    I have a question about the business of opera. Here's a snippet about the Ft. Worth Opera Festival:

    After 60 years of producing opera over the fall and winter, Fort Worth Opera embarked on a monumental change: it condensed its entire schedule to an annual spring festival with all of its operas and concerts being presented over a four week period and multiple operas being performed on each weekend.
    Is there a difference between a standing opera company and an opera festival? Is it cheaper to 'condense the schedule'? It would seem to me a more difficult task, if you're putting on the same number of productions and/or performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    I have a question about the business of opera. Here's a snippet about the Ft. Worth Opera Festival:



    Is there a difference between a standing opera company and an opera festival? Is it cheaper to 'condense the schedule'? It would seem to me a more difficult task, if you're putting on the same number of productions and/or performances.
    You only need to hire the orchestra, stage hands, theatre staff, venue etc for that amount of time.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    I have a question about the business of opera. Here's a snippet about the Ft. Worth Opera Festival:



    Is there a difference between a standing opera company and an opera festival? Is it cheaper to 'condense the schedule'? It would seem to me a more difficult task, if you're putting on the same number of productions and/or performances.
    It's the difference between running an operation all year long, and just for a month or two. Festivals are less expensive. You get all the artists together, sometimes use them in more than one production, the orchestra is there for a shorter time, like Soave said all the personnel can be hired as temps instead of year-long (with benefits, union contracts, etc.).
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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