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Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?
From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:46:47 -0500
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But, this is not like sending back unsatisfactory food, will
house management GRANT a refund for a sloppy, undercooked, rotten, stinking, 
yet still expensive, performance?  I seriously doubt it!  Further, I 
seriously doubt that they even give a damn.

DonPaolo
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Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?


>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 misery...you 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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