Live Music for Opera and Ballet

RECEIVED Fri., May 15, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Last March hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth. The reason: TBT was showcasing five performances of the ballet Cleopatra using a prerecorded orchestral soundtrack it obtained in China for $30,000. Quite aside from robbing Dallas musicians of their jobs, this amounts to artistic lunacy.
    In the last months I've been privileged to attend stunning productions by Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin here at the Long Center. Again and again, I have been struck by the keen and sensitive interplay between actors/singers/dancers and the orchestra. My own experience has taught me that this continuously evolving (and involving) relationship is what makes theatrical and musical magic.
    I feel very fortunate to live in a city that likes its ballet and its opera grand, not canned.
Lyova Rosanoff
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