There is an article that was published on Gawker.com circulating the internet which is titled “Do Not Give a Dollar to the Opera”. The article states that in a world of finite resources, there are more deserving charities than an arts organization, and that by giving money to an opera company you are basically killing children who are dying of malaria. Wow.

Listen, I understand the basis for this argument. Most people have a conception that opera is an elitist art form anyway, one that is only for the rich, and is therefore just a way for wealthy people to entertain themselves. It’s got this “Let Them Eat Cake” feel about it, so why would any generous, responsible person give any money when there are legitimately hungry, homeless people in the world?

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