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Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?
From: Marco Schmid <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:22:24 EST
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I wasn't at this famous Friday night performance but if indeed all happened  
as reported was Heppner heavily booed at the end? Cracking on one high note 
can  happen and no singer is perfect but if it was as horrible as they say he 
should  have been booed off stage. Then the Met would have had to do something.  
Otherwise I see a lot of complaints but of course with an attitude 'polite  
people don't boo etc etc'. But with no action done by any audience members the  
Met and Heppner will laugh all the way to the bank. I remember years ago 
Magaret  Price was so heavily booed singing Norma that she then cancelled the 
second  performance. Delevan was heavily booed at the recent Rigoletto. And how 
much has  Deshorties sung at the Met after those Konstanze's? Certainly nothing 
high  profile and those Lucias which were scheduled were quickly cancelled. 
Massimo  Giordano was booed the other night in the Traviata. His pitch was so 
horrible  that evening that it was painful to listen to the duet with Violetta 
in the  first act who sang in tune and the tenor who was off by a large margin. 
For the  fees that these singers get and for the prices these houses charge 
the audience  can expect a first rate performance. 
 
Marco Schmid
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