Originally Posted by trofirhen
People here have said things like "Seattle Opera makes Vancouver Opera look like a high-school play ...." and in effect, they're right.
The curious thing is this. Back when Seattle was no bigger than Vancouver is now; 20, 30 or more years ago, Seattle had a fantastic opera.
Why hasn't Vancouver caught up culturally at this point? Different economy, different mentality, different ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions of the people? Why is Seattle so far ahead of Vancouver, at least musically?
Funny you should mention the S.O. Just got back from Madama Butterfly this weekend, and DAMN what a performance. Absolutely incredible.
Having a real performance hall, instead of the POS venue we have here doesn't hurt either.
Simply put, Seattle is a much bigger metro, and it would seem a more developed philanthropic network for the arts. Yes, they have Microsoft, but it's the private donors and depth of corporate giving that puts Vancouver far behind the pack.
That, and being able to put on more productions, and more performances (typically double the number Vancouver puts on) goes to show that they have a more dedicated audience base. I'd be interested to hear how their simulcast of the Madama Butterfly in their arena went: they apparently could have accommodated 8500 people for the simulcast.