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Subject: Re: Met Broadcasts We Wish We NEVER Had
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:32:19 -0400

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I called it the "Brady Bunch Tristan." 

With Ann B. Davis as Brangäne. ;-)

On Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:29:15 -0400, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]> 

>Back to Ms. Sweete - while she's grown to be one of my favorites for 
>Tristan she was a one woman wrecking crew.  The movie house audience 
>even BOOED her!  
>Here's a couple of paragraphs from my review for anyone who wants to 
>relive that particular horror show.
>"I can in all honesty say I have never enjoyed a performance less than this 
>afternoon's Tristan.  Barbara Willis Sweete single handedly destroyed the 
>experience not just for me, but for nearly everyone I spoke to during the 
>intermissions and following the performance.  This new technology of 
>having multiple  screens was the most jarring effect I've ever witnessed, 
>forcing one to  visually scramble from box to box in postcard sized images 
>across the screen.  During the great Act II love duet, the screen showed 
>four different angles of the couple in four separate boxes.  Often when 
>singers were performing each singer would be in a separate box, an effect I 
>overheard someone mention made it seem like they were all in different 
>opera houses.  During Tristan's great mad scene in Act III, the largest 
>image on screen for almost 10 minutes was Kurwenal's back, while a fuller 
>shot reducing the size of Robert Dean Smith's marvelously sung Tristan 
>was a smaller image of him for a short while or an enormous close up of 
>only his face. 
>There was truly ludicrous moments that defied all logic.   At one point in 
>Act I, the singers were all in separate boxes (and the boxes were framed 
>with stupid white margins) with a lot of black space and as Brangane walks 
>stage right towards Isolde . . . the box with DeYoung slowly slid across the 
>screen right to left as if to tell us "Brangane is walking towards Isolde," an 
>incredibly cheesy effect provoking no end of mumbling from people around 
>me: "Oh, shit!"  and "Jesus Christ!"  with a sea of heads shaking in 
>disbelief every few minutes."
>I still shudder recalling it!
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