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Subject: Re: audience expectations and Heppner
From: Lloyd Hanson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Lloyd Hanson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:50:29 -0700

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Any performance will not please some.  So if booing is a good thing,  
all performances should have at least a modicum of audible verbal  
dissatisfaction unless there is some other way to express our outrage  
such as through this list.  Both public booing and private writing  
presents the participant as some kind of energetic social creature who  
is willing to be observed giving a thumbs down on a performance.

Yet the question that begs to be answered is how does such a strong  
negative response improve the quality of future performances.  It  
certainly can be a guide to the producer or the impresario about the  
performance but it does not define the nature of the below par  
performance; it simply indicates dissatisfaction.  It is also not a  
sure way of informing the performer about that part of his/her  
performance that was so unacceptable.

For these reasons, Italian temperament aside, I choose not to boo or  
even denigrate the performer publicly.  I prefer to describe as  
clearly to myself as I can what about the performance is not up to my  
personal standard and then apply that to other performances that I  
have recently seen or heard or will see or hear in the near future.   
In so doing I find I am training my ears, I am reading more about the  
roles and their difficulties, I am listening to more recordings and  
watching more videos and having the extremely satisfying benefit of  
privately learning more about this complex and often confusing art form.

It does not make me a better persons nor one with opinions that others  
would want to seek out.  It just gives me more satisfaction to attend  
performances and enjoy recordings.

Lloyd W. Hanson

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