Having previously written with some questions about Renée Fleming and her composers, I was interested and pleased to read that Ms. Fleming, who has taken a position with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, wants that company to do a new opera in coming years. According to the New York Times:
Ms. Fleming said she brought a number of ideas to the table, including the programming of a new opera for the 2015-16 season. She said she is working on identifying a composer. “I have a spreadsheet of 100 composers,” she said.
This is welcome news. 100 composers is a pretty big number – can you think of 100 composers who would be plausible candidates for a Lyric Opera commission? It is a lot easier to think about the implausible ones, of course.