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Subject: Re: Amplification in the Opera House (formerly RE: SALOME opening night MET 5 December)
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:35:02 -0500
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You make an exception . . . for an opera that premiered in 1868?

Amplification, and works written with amplification specified, have no
place in an opera house.

dtmk

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM, MusicalTheatreQueen <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> In general, I would agree - leave the microphones and the amplification
> out of the opera house if the opera was composed without amplification in
> mind.
>
> But I am willing to make some exceptions.  The first professional opera
> production I ever saw was NYCO's famed production of Mefistofele with
> Norman Treigle in the early 1970s).  Later I got to see it with Sam Ramey
> as well.  The effect of the offstage chorus in the prologue and epilogue
> still has my arm hairs tingling!
>
> MTQ
> ====
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> BCCLS.ORG] On Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2016 11:25 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: SALOME opening night MET 5 December
>
> On Thu, December 8, 2016 8:17 am, Takis Pavl. wrote:
> > If as a stagedirector you need to use amplification in a scene because
> > you envisioned Jochanaanin a cave under the stage, you’re in the
> > wrong genre. Opera is N O T to beamplified for any reason. It means
> > you, as an operatic stage director need tofind a different way to
> > create your eerie effect. I hope there will be lettersbecause it’s
> > depressing to see the MET accepting such a development in
> > stagedirection and the audience not protesting.
>
> I'll agree that productions should work to make it unnecessary, but
> amplification for some offstage roles isn't new at the Met with this
> production, is it? (Dragon-Fafner is another usual one, right?)  I have to
> think they'd have resisted if it was an all-new idea just a few years ago.
>
>
> --scott
>
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