After years of evident struggle, the Washington National Opera is sending out some positive news about its future. Today, the company announced a new initiatives for commissioning new American works on contemporary American subjects, and — finally — the “Ring” cycle in 2016. An impetus for the announcement is the activity of Francesca Zambello, who is clearly taking an active role as the company’s artistic advisor. Read the whole story here.

Do you think a three-tiered system of commissioning young artists to write short operas for a small theater is a plus for an opera company? Or do you think that the money should be saved for mainstage productions of contemporary works?