Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking a back seat when it comes to the labor dispute that is threatening the future of the New York City Opera.
For more than 40 years, the opera has called Lincoln Center home, but now plans are underway to move the company out of the prestigious venue and turn it into a roving troupe, with performances at various locations across the city.
NY1 caught up with the mayor, who weighed in on the subject for the first time on Thursday.
"Well they're going to stay in the city, they're going to try some new things, I think all of the arts institutions have to constantly rethink their mission and what resources they have," said Bloomberg. "It's sad that they can't afford to continue at Lincoln Center, but Lincoln Center is obviously a very high-profile and probably-high expense place to present."
City Opera's plans for the upcoming traveling season include performances of "La Traviata" and "Prima Donna" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, "Cosi Fan Tutte" at John Jay College and Telemann's "Orpheus" at El Museo del Barrio.