"I was amazed that someone wanted to put on an opera in Williamsburg, Brooklyn," Father Beuther said.
From the perspective of Mr. Toscano — who lived in Brazil for six years, where he founded two orchestras; and later founded the now-defunct Greenwich Village Philharmonic — the location of the hall is perfect, near Williamsburg's waterfront and some of its busiest areas for development and future population growth.
"Williamsburg, for God's sake, needs to have classical music," he said. "It needs to have Beethoven quartets being played. It needs to have beautiful music being played in a hall. And to be able to walk to it? My God!"
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