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Subject: Re: [suspected spam] The Met Loses Artistic Stature
From: Ann Puckett <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ann Puckett <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 20 Aug 2008 11:40:06 -0400
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To hear Mr. Domingo in almost anything is a treat.  I get another chance to appreciate him.  He has been my favorite tenor for many, many years, and did not lip synch any performances like the much touted Pavarotti is said to have done in Italy.  No, the Met does not lose artistic stature by casting Domingo.  Rather, it shows that history is respected.  And that they do not cast aside their heroes.  I'd say that's good news too.

>>> mrmyster <[log in to unmask]> 8/20/2008 11:03 AM >>>
Hooray! Placido Domingo has been relieved of his duties
conducting Adriana Lecouvreur in the coming season! Has
someone has noted he is not a very good conductor.
     But, wait! The news is not so good, he is leaving the
podium only to join the cast of the Cilea opera as Maurizio. 
     That is not good news. I guess that opera does not
receive a lot of respect if they are willing to cut the high
notes and transpose passages to suit the waning talents of
the elderly tenor. Domingo has not seen a Bb in many
years! This may turn out to be one bouquet of violets
too many; perhaps he will retire with the opera in which 
he debuted 40-years ago.
     Aside from momentary cynicism about Met Intendant
Gelb's intentions (what else is new), the above information
is not all that important *except that* it bespeaks what
increasingly seems the new mind-fix of the Met: utter
commercialism.  When you consider the draw power of
the Domingo name, you cast him whenever possible,
never mind the artistic fall-out. With a good half dozen
younger lyric tenor voices available to the Met, they
cast an inappropriate veteran who can no longer sing
the role. How very sad. 
     Where is the Met Opera going?  Each year it costs
more to attend opera, "the high-end retailer of Lincoln
Center" raises its prices and favors the well-heeled,
and each year so-called star power crushes artistic
quality. It's happening slowly; there are many fine 
things left to enjoy at the Met Opera. But the direction
of that arts institution is very worrisome.
      Anyone agree?
JIM
sfe

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