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Subject: Re: Is it just me, or is it Regie-Cide?
From: Jim Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jim Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 18 Dec 2011 09:29:44 -0500

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I hate to sayit, but accidents DO happen.  I don't see that much of a 
spike in reported incidents from the MET.  The GOTTERDAMMERUNG 
disaster with Behrens was over 20 years ago, in 1990, during the time 
they were filming the opera.  That was a long time ago.

Richard Versale didn't fall from a ladder - he had a heart attack and 
DIED.  Which is why he fell.

Yes, LePage's "Machine" comes under suspicion for its malfunctions - 
but it hasn't actually hurt anyone. Yet.

Indeed - best wishes to Wendy White, a MET stalwart.

Jim Bodge

At 10:27 PM -0700 12/17/11, Jim/SFE wrote:
>I seem somehow to have the impression there are more stage accidents
>at the Met than in decades past. Surely it is not the increasing use of
>"deconstructed" or Regie sets and production style, yet.....I wonder?
>Remember when Brunnhilde was almost done in by failing stage sets
>at the end of Goetterdaemmerung?  Maybe 15 years ago?  Then
>the poor tenor who fell off the high ladder in Makropolis (sp?) and lots
>of others, including quite a number of minor slips on the new Wagner
>'machine' set -- I suppose some mishaps of this kind are always going
>to be a stage hazard, as Lloyd Henson properly suggests. But
>something about the high scaffolding in Faust, the balky unpredictable
>Wagner machine, the hazards of the new and unfamiliar....well, makes
>me a bit uneasy. Even two or three years ago the poor substitute
>tenor for Tristan had some kind of fall and hit himself on the prompter's box,
>remember? I recall many decades ago, Steber jumped off the parapet of
>the Act III Tosca set expecting a soft landing, and someone had moved
>the cushioning, so she hit the hard floor and broke a tooth (when Zinka
>heard about that she said, "I told Eleanor Tosca was too heavy for her!").
>     Today, the venerable La Cieca has a serious essay up on PTB/OpL
>(one of the two, not sure which), that criticizes the Met and what
>he would consider 'conventional' opera houses and producers for chronic
>and excessive reliance on stage picture ("pictoral productions"), than
>on innovative action.  Ummm......ironic to have that happen in Faust
>tonight - certainly not a "pictoral" production.  Fact of the matter is,
>accidents are accidents, and stage directors at the mighty Met need
>to be more careful than of late - obviously. Is it a matter of rehearsal?
>I doubt it's a matter of Regie, as such, but with any new production
>there is a learning curve by those inhabiting it, and it seems the Met
>has more work to do in that regard.
>      Best wishes to Mme White.

Jim Bodge

You really only need two things:  Duct Tape and WD-40.  If it's 
moving and it shouldn't, use duct tape.  If it won't move and it 
should, use WD-40.

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