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Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?
From: Emily Webster <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Emily Webster <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 08:31:28 -0500
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"One of the worst things about opera -is its audiences." LT

Blaming the audience for Heppner's comical singing is perverse.

"The only arrogance I see here is that of someone who thinks they can 
possibly know what an artist's intentions were in performing and 
spreading this speculation around as if it were fact."

Heppner's intentions are irrelevant. The quality of his singing is what
matters. What really happened behind the scenes on Friday isn't important,
what matters is that the audience had to endure that depravity for 4 hours.
 I place the blame on Gelb first, Heppner second. Callas canceled the second
act of Norma in Rome due to a simple indisposition. She had respect for the
music, the composer and, ultimately, the audience. Heppner has only respect
for his fee.

Unless you're his manager, his colleague or Heppner himself, it's dishonest
to defend or excuse either this disgraced tenor or the management.

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