From the LA Times:

But it is also L.A. Opera’s leap of artistic imagination with this production that has provided it with the stimulus to think big. Taking bold artistic chances always opens new avenues. So fat cats in the audience besotted by Brünnhilde and her war whelps are no longer enough. Hip art galleries are enticed to get in on the act. Choppers will whirl over the Music Center in Stockhausen’s “Helicopter” Quartet. Want him or not, Wagner will permeate the environment. Now that it has taken the plunge, L.A. Opera has no choice but to operate in an atmosphere of hope, to try to tap into what will quite possibly be the country’s new mood.

Three thoughts:

  1. Obviously, we’ll be hearing lots about hope over the next few years.
  2. Thinking bigger doesn’t necessarily mean spending bigger.  Your ideas start with programming, but then you’ve got to figure out fiscally responsible ways to make those ideas come true.
  3. I remember reading a while back that Google employees are expected to spend 10% of their time working on “impossible” projects, like an elevator to the moon.  This process has them exercising their minds to solve unsolvable problems, but it also potentially leads to discovering ways to make impossible things happen.  Arts organizations would be wise to adopt something like this; all departments need to be thinking creatively about real life and theoretical solutions to real life and theoretical problems.  We’re in an artistic field.  We need artistic solutions.