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Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanovsky
From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:23:46 -0500
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Not one mention as to casting Alvaro --- Alvarez/Giordani; how about 
Carlo --- Lucic????  God help us!!!!  Best fageddaboutit.

DonP.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Dennis Ryan
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:42 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanovsky

Hi, Y'all!
    I simply cannot believe that, after five years of  careful planning,
Mr. Gelb has suddenly found that his so-called "artistic  vision" has at 
last
exceeded his budget.  Gelb knew that the Met was on  shaky financial ground
at the time this production was first planned, and  he knew that every known
projection pointed to its becoming even  shakier.  This "Forza" was planned
as a co-production with the  English National Opera.  It has already
premiered in London over a  year ago.  The production is now a "known 
quantity."
Obviously, the product that emerged was not to Mr. Gelb's taste.   Even if
he really DOES have sufficient money woes to justify cutting one of  his new
productions, the fact that he chose Bieito's production as the one to  cut
is telling.  Far be it from Mr. Gelb, of course, to publicly admit  that he
made a mistake.  So he is using "finances" as a cover for his poor  artistic
judgment and his poor leadership in developing a piece that he now
believes will not find much favor with the Met's ever-shrinking audiences 
and  that
he believes will not fill empty seats.
    Question:  (and I hope someone on the list has  insight into this
issue)  This was SUPPOSEDLY a co-production between two  houses.  And since 
the
production has actually premiered, isn't the Met  therefore bound to pay for
"its half" of this disaster, whether the production  actually ever finds
itself on the Met stage or not?  How much  money is Gelb REALLY saving?
    Best,
    Dennis Ryan


In a message dated 1/14/2017 12:53:02 P.M. Central Standard Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:


The Met's budget woes are amply documented. I am sure *that* part of  it was
true. The fact that it was replaced, not with an opera, but with  concert
performances of the Requiem, is  telling.


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