This is just a short post about the new list I’m compiling of all opera companies in the US that I started a couple days ago. While it’s nice to see how much activity is being done in the opera scene since 2000, this won’t show us the overall trajectory of opera in the US and that’s something in which I am just as interested. Since starting this list of all companies I’ve also come across another 10 companies formed since 2000 bringing the number of companies formed in the 21st century to over 110.
What’s interesting is that there seems to be just a little over 100 companies in the US since around the turn of the century. This piece lists 125, and Opera American lists 122 members. This doesn’t mean that there were only 122-125 opera companies by the first decade of the 21st century–59 on my list of groups formed since 2000 would fall within this and I doubt many of the latter are included in the Opera America list (which is surely where the 125 number in the other piece came from) which is part of the problem for getting a sense of the evolution or growth of Classical Music. As long as we only selectively include organizations, we only get a sense of the evolution or growth of those organizations, which is essentially selection bias.
It’ll be interesting to see the overall picture of company/group formation throughout the history of the US.