Unemployed? Have we got an opera for you!

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

You may have just lost your job — but the last thing you want to sacrifice is your opera tickets.

But next week, thanks to the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, you won’t have to, as the mostly volunteer-run company offers the unemployed a $5 ticket to “Orpheus and Eurydice.”

It’s perfect for the unemployed — you know, people like Brett Wynkoop, the opera’s executive director!

“I wouldn’t [spend] $15 for entertainment, but I would spend five bucks,” said Wynkoop.

Those with a job, of course, will pay the still-low $20 for Christoph Gluck’s classic opera, which retells the myth of a couple torn apart by death and reunited by love (and Orpheus never even loses his day job).

And who better to play the Greek hero who could charm anyone (or anything) with his songs than Nicholas Tamagna (pictured), whom Wynkoop says is “as good or better than countertenors who are singing in the big houses of the world.”

“Orpheus and Eurydice” at the Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], March 20–29. Tickets, $20 ($10 for students and seniors). To claim your $5 ticket, you must show a current unemployment insurance stub. For info, visit

Updated 5:11 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

john from manhattan says:
Oh wow, that sounds interesting. I think a bigger question at hand is how one would go about generating enough interests in opera from the younger crowd in the age of youtube/tivo/instant gratification.
March 11, 2009, 8:08 pm
meanstreet from Manhattan says:
this is interesting because the part of Orpheus was written for the castrati. in modern times, the part is usually sung by women!
March 11, 2009, 9:23 pm
joseph from fort greene says:
according to his resume on his website, the singer had a pre-counter tenor performance history (prior to 2008). Is it possible that he had himself castrated at the end of 2007?

regarding the discount for unemployed: do we have to bring photo id along with our unemployment check stub? I think the whole thing is a cheap, cynical and degrading PR stunt that has apparently worked with Rupert Murdoch's new rag
March 11, 2009, 10:06 pm
Brett Wynkoop from Park Slope says:

This is no more a stunt than the Met selling $25 rush tickets. I have been out of work for 6 months. Any one need a great Unix/network guru? Since I have been without work I have stopped going to theater, opera, movies, and dinner with friends. I started to think about how much from my meager UI check I could afford to spend for entertainment. I settled on $5 tickets by looking at my own situation, then I had to talk the theater into letting us sell $5 tickets.

Look at the company mission statement on the web site. We can not bring the joy of opera to people if they can not afford tickets.

I look forward to seeing you at the opera!

March 12, 2009, 1:52 am
Nicholas from LI City, Queens says:
I am not castrated. Modern countertenors use a well-trained balance of head voice properties in mix with chest resonance to create the sound of the contralto or mezzo-soprano sound. In a blog entry, by Ian Howell, he explains how the sound is produced, and it is absolutely accurate. I here quote: "I sing in a way that doesn't fit into the inaccurate definitions that we are used to. I sing with a fully engaged larynx in a relaxed, low position. This allows me to sound remarkably full while singing on a shorter length of vocal cord than a baritone or a tenor does. [which accounts for the higher pitch level] I do, however, use what some people incorrectly determine to be falsetto. See how important words are?" The definitions of voice as it pertains to countertenor are a bit archaic. It's an amazing study once you begin... even as a listener, I invite you to read up on countertenors, their history, the science of their vocal production, and their various types. It's fascinating! Hope to see you at the performances!
March 13, 2009, 12:25 am

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: