The homeless New York City Opera is auctioning off its old productions, stored in a warehouse in North Bergen, New Jersey. The cavernous, unheated warehouse is like a madman’s attic. Here is a Ford convertible used in a production of L’Elisir d’Amore, there a massive head of Adonis from The Tales of Hoffman, around the corner a backdrop designed by Maurice Sendak and a bin crammed with scores. Racks and racks of costumes, some worn by famous sopranos and some by supers. The dominant feeling you get while wandering around is sadness. How has it come to this?
- New York City Opera Sets Go On Sale (wqxr.org)