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Subject: audience expectations and Heppner
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Date:Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:23:10 EST

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I see nothing wrong with hating a performance and saying so, or  mentioning 
what went wrong, A person even has the right to boo, though I  personally 
don't. What I find unacceptable is attributing motives as  truth when one cannot 
read minds. That is bearing false witness,  and can only be either a spiteful 
attempt to rub salt in wounds or the  height of insensitivity. I don't believe 
for one minute that he laughed all the  way to the bank, whether he deserved to 
be booed or not
 The Romans found gladiator fighting perfectly acceptable, until a  monk 
jumped into the ring and said in the name of God to stop this carnage. The  
audience was so outraged they jumped the wall and killed him. The  ceasar  was so 
appalled that he banned gladiator fights.
 While it is true that singers aren't killed, and they go on stage  
willingly, I can't help but see some of that mob mentality sometimes in  some audience 
members, and I think to myself that if gladiator fights were here  now that 
they would be there, booing the unfortunate victim. Believe it or  not, some 
singers go into the profession because they love the art  form and want to please 
the audience. The high wire mentality exists because so  few can really sing 
that well, and it is especially precarious for  tenors. That is why there are 
so few who can really do it, and why when  they do it is a tenor's world and 
why they fall the hardest. 
 This is not an excuse for a bad performance. But there is a  difference 
between being upset about a performance and expressing one's opinion  or 
observations as opposed to getting even by telling lies about  someone's intentions 
when one couldn't possibly even know.
 No matter how wonderful a singer was, when they are on the decline,  the 
vultures come out and they are dismissed as has beens, and the  singers retire 
and go into obscurity, but the great ones are rediscovered as  people reminisce 
and they return as legends.
 John Rahbeck
In a message dated 11/24/2008 6:06:31 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

I find absolutely nothing wrong with booing. How else should  we
immediately (that is, when the emotion is still with us) proclaim  our
displeasure with the  performance?

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