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Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?
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Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 15:29:19 +0000

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I wonder if anyone thought to get up out of their seat, complain to the house manager on duty (there always is one) and ask for a refund? At least, the evening could have been partially salvaged with a drink or dessert!

The opera house is not a prison. We are free to leave. We CAN ask for a refund. The doors DO open outward allowing easy exit. Even though I've never asked for a refund, I've left PLENTY of subpar perfs at the FIRST available opportunity (I find staying is more frustrating than just about anything) - most recently what was called "Norma" last Dec at the Met. I highly recommend it rather than heaping misery upon sorta feel like you're playing hooky!

This is still America...the only things we really HAVE to endure are IRS audits and the line at the DMV! Opera is not even in the top 100,000...
------Original Message------
From: Emily Webster
Sender: Discussion of opera and related issues
To: [log in to unmask]
ReplyTo: Emily Webster
Sent: Nov 23, 2008 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?

"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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