Classical music and opera are widely appreciated in America, with symphony orchestras and opera companies in many communities, large and small. Many of these organizations need to constantly strive for financial support, and some suffer periodical financial difficulties.
The most prominent American orchestras are the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Most of the repertoire of these orchestras is European in origin, although works by Americans in the genre are occasionally performed.
The U.S. also has more than 100 opera companies. Some are extremely prominent, like New York City’s Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, but small companies also bring this form of art to communities all over the country. Although some companies strive to produce modern operas and those written by Americans, the tried and true European standards like Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Bizet’s Carmen see the largest audiences. The most widely performed American opera is George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
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