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Subject: Question on performance protocol
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Date:Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:09:09 -0500

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HI, Y'all!  
    My understanding (from posts and descriptions of  people who were 
there) is that just after the unfortunate accident to Wendy  White during 
Saturday night's performance of "Faust,"  Rene Pape both  gestured and vocally 
asked for a curtain; and that Jonas Kaufmann formally  requested for the 
conductor to stop the performance.  Are individual  performers at the Met actually 
authorized to do any of these things?  I  thought that the ONLY person who 
could stop a Met performance in  mid-flight was the stage manager in chief, 
who is actually calling the  show and who is theoretically in total command 
of the performance.   Have I misunderstood the protocol?  Are things 
different at the Met?   Are performers there completely free to do "anything they 
might consider  helpful" when they witness an emergency from their individual 
perspectives  onstage?  Our list includes MANY "stage people," and even 
singers who have  actually performed at the Met.  I hope that they might shed 
some light on  what the true correct procedures are.  I have heard of 
situations (not at  the Met, however) where the conductor has stopped a performance 
because the  musical values have become so totally unglued that he needs to 
stop  and regroup.  Are there clear-cut understandings about how desperate a 
 situation must be before he is entitled to do that?  
    Dennis Ryan 

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