Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mediator for the opera?

"We get a distinct whiff of Götterdämmerung-style singed eyebrows — our own — as we peer into the scene," an editorial in The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) says of the controversy over the Virginia Opera's decision to let Artistic Director Peter Mark's contract expire in 2012. "It’s like a homeowners’ association meeting, with viking helmets."

The editorial suggests reorganizing the opera board, which currently has about 100 members, 19 of them on its executive committee, which made the decision on Mark's contract. And The Pilot calls for bringing in a mediator to deal with the affair:

Viking helmet optional, breastplate recommended.