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New Director at City Opera

Gmortier_160x172 For those who haven't already heard, City Opera announced this week that Gerard Mortier, the current director of the Opera National de Paris, has been named the next General Manager and Artistic Director of City Opera. To put into perspective what a major coup this is, Dan Wakin reports that Mortier was also recently offered the top job at the Vienna Staatsoper, and turned it down. According to Alex Ross' posting, this sets up a potential clash of the titans between the Met and City Opera, with the Met playing the establishment role, and City Opera becoming the avant garde house. Strange, I thought there was already a little opera house in Brooklyn that played that role.