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Subject: Re: Where was Peter Gelb last night?
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Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:37:01 EST

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As other people have pointed out, none of us knows what actually happened  
backstage at the Met Friday night.  However, I think it's fair to point out  
that with a singer of Heppner's stature, Gelb might espress concern about his  
health and tell him his cover is ready to take over, but it would be  very 
problematic for him to actully pull Heppner out of the  performance if the tenor 
himself didn't want to withdraw - it's not  analagous to a baseball manager 
going out to the mound and taking the ball away  from a pitcher whose curve ball's 
getting hit out of the park.  What do  people propose Gelb do, tear the 
costume off him and have the security guards  lock him in his dressing room?!  If 
Heppner was detemined to sing the  performance, then Gelb had very few options 
once it was underway.
Christopher Weimer
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