Heidi Waleson has been the opera critic of the Wall Street Journal for 25 years. In addition to her regular criticism, her work has also focused more broadly on the changing profiles of musical institutions, new models for opera presentation, and the wider significance of opera and culture. She is a faculty member of the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her book, “Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America,” was published by Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt and Company) on October 2. She lives in New York City.