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Subject: But Heppner DID Give the Audience It's $$ Worth
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:42:46 -0500

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Far from cheating the audience last night of a great operatic experience, I 
think Heppner gave them what many on this List relish above all things: a 
genuine operatic scandal that will be talked about and chewed over for years.  
And even for those who weren't there, the orgy of indignation that has poured 
out on this List from its self-appointed Guardians of Standards has shown just 
how much this kind of thing gets the juices going.  There is SO much pleasure 
to be had in righteous indignation, and when you have not one, but two 
targets - Heppner AND Gelb - it's like the old chewing gum jingle: "Double your 
pleasure, double your fun..."   

I want to be the first to go on record with the prediction that five years from 
now, if not less, there will be enough opera fans claiming to have been at this 
performance to have filled the Met four times over.  And every one of them 
will be recounting the gory details with the greatest relish.

And BTW, if a cover had been sent in to give a mediocre performance, people 
still wouldn't have gotten their "money's worth."  So much better to have a 
disaster of truly cosmic proportions to wail and gossip about afterwards.

Oh, and wasn't there a performance surrounding Heppner's disaster, including 
some major singers and a major conductor?  And if Ed is to be believed, 
Heppner actually did some decent singing amid all the cracking.  Surely that 
went some distance towards justifying the cost of the ticket.


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