For the final class of my course on Opera in the 20th Century, I put together a Round Table Discussion on the topic of Opera in the 21st Century: The Business of Opera. We invited a panel of three Washington musicians, all of whom have had significant life experience in the production of operas:
- Maurice Saylor, composer, authority on American opera, and Head of the Catholic University Music Library
- Dr. Andrew Simpson, professor of composition and composer of the opera trilogy Oresteia, which had its first opera premiered in a fully staged production at Catholic University in 2003
- Dr. Elaine Walter, professor of musicology, former dean of the School of Music, and Founder and General Manager of the Summer Opera Theatre Company here in Washington, D.C.