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Subject: Re: OPERA-L Digest - 13 Jan 2017 - Special issue (#2017-39)
From: Peter Bloch <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Peter Bloch <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:51:13 -0500
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Given the horrible, destructive directors of most of Gelb's new productions, most of which are also expensive and labor intensive, it would be better for them to just do concert performances.  

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>  1. No Met Forza - No Radvanosky (3)
>  2. No Met Forza - No Radvanovsky
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> Date:    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:21:19 -0500
> From:    Rcfgodoy <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
> 
> I take it the sets and costumes for the previous production have been trash=
> ed and burned...
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Schweger <[log in to unmask]>
> To: OPERA-L <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 5:15 pm
> Subject: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
> 
> Requiem for a New Metropolitan Opera Production
> 
> By MICHAEL COOPER<http://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-cooper>JAN. 13, 2017
> 
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/req=
> uiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html#story-continues-1>
> 
> 
> The Metropolitan Opera announced Friday that in order to save money it was =
> canceling a much-anticipated new production<https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.=
> com/2015/04/22/calixto-bieito-coming-to-met-opera-with-a-new-forza/> of Ver=
> di's "La Forza del Destino" by the daring director Calixto Bieito, planned =
> for next season. The company said it would give several concert performance=
> s of Verdi's Requiem conducted by James Levine in its place.
> 
> 
> The announcement underscored the fragility of finances at the Met, which ha=
> s cut wages and fees in recent years to curb its mounting costs and offset =
> struggles at the box office. It also means the indefinite postponement of t=
> he Met debut of Mr. Bieito, an iconoclastic Catalan director with a thrivin=
> g career in Europe and a history of mounting productions that have sometime=
> s shocked opera audiences with graphic sex and violence.
> 
> 
> Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in an interview that the decisi=
> on had been made for financial reasons, not artistic ones. "Basically it's =
> a cost-cutting measure," he said.
> 
> He said that the company, which has a budget of around $300 million a year =
> and ran a $22 million deficit in its 2013-14 season<https://www.nytimes.com=
> /2014/11/21/arts/metropolitan-operas-deficit-swells-to-dollar22-million.htm=
> l>, was on track to balance this year's budget, but that it still needed to=
> reduce its costs if it is to survive. By canceling next year's "Forza," a =
> co-production between the Met and the English National Opera<https://www.ny=
> times.com/2015/11/18/arts/international/review-force-of-destiny-at-the-engl=
> ish-national-opera.html>, Mr. Gelb said the company would save roughly a mi=
> llion dollars in costs associated with adjusting the sets and costumes for =
> its stage and rehearsing it.
> 
> Photo
> [https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/01/14/arts/14MET/14MET-master675.jpg]
> The Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito was to lead a staging of Verdi's =
> "La Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit Marijan Murat/pict=
> ure-alliance/dpa, via Associated Press
> 
> The cancellation means that the Met will present only five new productions =
> next season, which will be announced next month, down from six. When Mr. Ge=
> lb became general manager just over a decade ago, he decided that mounting =
> more new productions was necessary for the company to remain artistically v=
> ibrant and to help it attract new audiences. Initially he presented seven n=
> ew productions each season, up from the three or four before he arrived.
> 
> 
> Mr. Gelb said the decision to pull the plug on "Forza" was "not a reflectio=
> n upon my feeling about Calixto's talent as a director," and said he still =
> hoped Mr. Bieito would work at the Met. But he said it was unclear when or =
> if "Forza" would be staged, as future seasons have been planned through the=
> 2020-21. Mr. Bieito did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
> 
> 
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> 
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/req=
> uiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html#story-continues-1>
> 
> Mr. Bieito is the second high-profile, innovative director whose production=
> was derailed en route to the Met. The company announced over the summer<ht=
> tps://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/arts/music/on-the-way-to-the-met-a-meister=
> singer-is-stranded-in-europe.html> that its plans to bring Stefan Herheim's=
> production of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von N=C3=BCrnberg" from the Salz=
> burg Festival to the Met in a future season had fallen apart for a variety =
> of reasons.
> 
> Under Mr. Gelb's leadership the Met, which has had a reputation for mountin=
> g conservative, traditional productions, has increasingly turned to more ex=
> perimental international directors, including Willy Decker and Patrice Ch=
> =C3=A9reau, whose posthumous production of Strauss' "Elektra" was a highlig=
> ht last season.
> 
> 
> Mr. Gelb said that he still wanted to bring daring directors to the Met in =
> the coming years, and said that he had been in talks with Ivo van Hove and =
> Barrie Kosky about future productions. "It's not as if we have suddenly dec=
> ided that we are not going to be gambling with new directors who are at the=
> cutting edge of theatrical excitement," he said.
> 
> Instead of the "Forza," the Met will give four concert performances of Verd=
> i's Requiem featuring its orchestra and chorus conducted by Mr. Levine, and=
> with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and =
> Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. It will be performed
> 
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> Date:    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:32:26 +0000
> From:    "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:36:48 -0500
> From:    Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanovsky
> 
>> On Friday, January 13, 2017, John Schweger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Requiem for a New Metropolitan Opera Production
>> 
>> By MICHAEL COOPER<http://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-cooper>JAN. 13, 2017
>> 
>> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/
>> 2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-
>> production.html#story-continues-1>
>> 
>> 
>> The Metropolitan Opera announced Friday that in order to save money it wa=
> s
>> canceling a much-anticipated new production<https://artsbeat.
>> blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/calixto-bieito-coming-to-met-
>> opera-with-a-new-forza/> of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" by the daring
>> director Calixto Bieito, planned for next season. The company said it wou=
> ld
>> give several concert performances of Verdi's Requiem conducted by James
>> Levine in its place.
>> 
>> 
>> The announcement underscored the fragility of finances at the Met, which
>> has cut wages and fees in recent years to curb its mounting costs and
>> offset struggles at the box office. It also means the indefinite
>> postponement of the Met debut of Mr. Bieito, an iconoclastic Catalan
>> director with a thriving career in Europe and a history of mounting
>> productions that have sometimes shocked opera audiences with graphic sex
>> and violence.
>> 
>> 
>> Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in an interview that the
>> decision had been made for financial reasons, not artistic ones. "Basical=
> ly
>> it's a cost-cutting measure," he said.
>> 
>> He said that the company, which has a budget of around $300 million a yea=
> r
>> and ran a $22 million deficit in its 2013-14 season<https://www.nytimes.
>> com/2014/11/21/arts/metropolitan-operas-deficit-
>> swells-to-dollar22-million.html>, was on track to balance this year's
>> budget, but that it still needed to reduce its costs if it is to survive.
>> By canceling next year's "Forza," a co-production between the Met and the
>> English National Opera<https://www.nytimes.com/
>> 2015/11/18/arts/international/review-force-of-destiny-at-
>> the-english-national-opera.html>, Mr. Gelb said the company would save
>> roughly a million dollars in costs associated with adjusting the sets and
>> costumes for its stage and rehearsing it.
>> 
>> Photo
>> [https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/01/14/arts/14MET/14MET-master675.jp=
> g
>> ]
>> The Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito was to lead a staging of Verdi'=
> s
>> "La Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit Marijan
>> Murat/picture-alliance/dpa, via Associated Press
>> 
>> The cancellation means that the Met will present only five new production=
> s
>> next season, which will be announced next month, down from six. When Mr.
>> Gelb became general manager just over a decade ago, he decided that
>> mounting more new productions was necessary for the company to remain
>> artistically vibrant and to help it attract new audiences. Initially he
>> presented seven new productions each season, up from the three or four
>> before he arrived.
>> 
>> 
>> Mr. Gelb said the decision to pull the plug on "Forza" was "not a
>> reflection upon my feeling about Calixto's talent as a director," and sai=
> d
>> he still hoped Mr. Bieito would work at the Met. But he said it was uncle=
> ar
>> when or if "Forza" would be staged, as future seasons have been planned
>> through the 2020-21. Mr. Bieito did not immediately respond to a request
>> for comment.
>> 
>> 
>> Advertisement
>> 
>> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/
>> 2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-
>> production.html#story-continues-1>
>> 
>> Mr. Bieito is the second high-profile, innovative director whose
>> production was derailed en route to the Met. The company announced over t=
> he
>> summer<https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/arts/music/on-
>> the-way-to-the-met-a-meistersinger-is-stranded-in-europe.html> that its
>> plans to bring Stefan Herheim's production of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger
>> von N=C3=BCrnberg" from the Salzburg Festival to the Met in a future seas=
> on had
>> fallen apart for a variety of reasons.
>> 
>> Under Mr. Gelb's leadership the Met, which has had a reputation for
>> mounting conservative, traditional productions, has increasingly turned t=
> o
>> more experimental international directors, including Willy Decker and
>> Patrice Ch=C3=A9reau, whose posthumous production of Strauss' "Elektra" w=
> as a
>> highlight last season.
>> 
>> 
>> Mr. Gelb said that he still wanted to bring daring directors to the Met i=
> n
>> the coming years, and said that he had been in talks with Ivo van Hove an=
> d
>> Barrie Kosky about future productions. "It's not as if we have suddenly
>> decided that we are not going to be gambling with new directors who are a=
> t
>> the cutting edge of theatrical excitement," he said.
>> 
>> Instead of the "Forza," the Met will give four concert performances of
>> Verdi's Requiem featuring its orchestra and chorus conducted by Mr. Levin=
> e,
>> and with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko,
>> and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. It will be performed
>> 
>> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:45:34 +0000
> From:    Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
> 
> I don't wish to be burned at the stake for this, but I do NOT view this as =
> a catastrophe. To me, ANY Bieto production is bad and I'm glad that it won'=
> t be seen at the Met. I love "Forza" and I love Radvanovsky, but it seems t=
> o me that a traditional Forza could be staged in a very modest manner. Radv=
> anovsky, of course, is necessary, but Bieto is most certainly not. If an au=
> dience wants to experience the beauty of "Forza", they can experience it th=
> e way it was experienced during the days of Milanov, Tebaldi, Price, etc. I=
> t's a real singer's opera and I wouldn't care if it were presented in an ev=
> en sparse production. The amount of money being spent on "artists" like Bie=
> to is outrageous, especially when one sees the actual "production". The Met=
> has already given us productions of operas such as Sonnambula, Armida, Tos=
> ca, Rigoletto, and others that have been the objects of derision.=20
> Radvanovsky's Donna Leonora deserves to be framed in an at-least presentabl=
> e tradition production. I'm also rather thrilled that the Met has cancelled=
> it.=20
> 
> Les=20
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> 
> From: "John Schweger" <[log in to unmask]>=20
> To: "OPERA-L" <[log in to unmask]>=20
> Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 4:15:01 PM=20
> Subject: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky=20
> 
> Requiem for a New Metropolitan Opera Production=20
> 
> By MICHAEL COOPER<http://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-cooper>JAN. 13, 2017=20
> 
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/req=
> uiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html#story-continues-1>=20
> 
> 
> The Metropolitan Opera announced Friday that in order to save money it was =
> canceling a much-anticipated new production<https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.=
> com/2015/04/22/calixto-bieito-coming-to-met-opera-with-a-new-forza/> of Ver=
> di's "La Forza del Destino" by the daring director Calixto Bieito, planned =
> for next season. The company said it would give several concert performance=
> s of Verdi's Requiem conducted by James Levine in its place.=20
> 
> 
> The announcement underscored the fragility of finances at the Met, which ha=
> s cut wages and fees in recent years to curb its mounting costs and offset =
> struggles at the box office. It also means the indefinite postponement of t=
> he Met debut of Mr. Bieito, an iconoclastic Catalan director with a thrivin=
> g career in Europe and a history of mounting productions that have sometime=
> s shocked opera audiences with graphic sex and violence.=20
> 
> 
> Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in an interview that the decisi=
> on had been made for financial reasons, not artistic ones. "Basically it's =
> a cost-cutting measure," he said.=20
> 
> He said that the company, which has a budget of around $300 million a year =
> and ran a $22 million deficit in its 2013-14 season<https://www.nytimes.com=
> /2014/11/21/arts/metropolitan-operas-deficit-swells-to-dollar22-million.htm=
> l>, was on track to balance this year's budget, but that it still needed to=
> reduce its costs if it is to survive. By canceling next year's "Forza," a =
> co-production between the Met and the English National Opera<https://www.ny=
> times.com/2015/11/18/arts/international/review-force-of-destiny-at-the-engl=
> ish-national-opera.html>, Mr. Gelb said the company would save roughly a mi=
> llion dollars in costs associated with adjusting the sets and costumes for =
> its stage and rehearsing it.=20
> 
> Photo=20
> [https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/01/14/arts/14MET/14MET-master675.jpg]=
> =20
> The Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito was to lead a staging of Verdi's =
> "La Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit Marijan Murat/pict=
> ure-alliance/dpa, via Associated Press=20
> 
> The cancellation means that the Met will present only five new productions =
> next season, which will be announced next month, down from six. When Mr. Ge=
> lb became general manager just over a decade ago, he decided that mounting =
> more new productions was necessary for the company to remain artistically v=
> ibrant and to help it attract new audiences. Initially he presented seven n=
> ew productions each season, up from the three or four before he arrived.=20
> 
> 
> Mr. Gelb said the decision to pull the plug on "Forza" was "not a reflectio=
> n upon my feeling about Calixto's talent as a director," and said he still =
> hoped Mr. Bieito would work at the Met. But he said it was unclear when or =
> if "Forza" would be staged, as future seasons have been planned through the=
> 2020-21. Mr. Bieito did not immediately respond to a request for comment.=
> =20
> 
> 
> Advertisement=20
> 
> Continue reading the main story<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/req=
> uiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html#story-continues-1>=20
> 
> Mr. Bieito is the second high-profile, innovative director whose production=
> was derailed en route to the Met. The company announced over the summer<ht=
> tps://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/arts/music/on-the-way-to-the-met-a-meister=
> singer-is-stranded-in-europe.html> that its plans to bring Stefan Herheim's=
> production of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von N=C3=BCrnberg" from the Salz=
> burg Festival to the Met in a future season had fallen apart for a variety =
> of reasons.=20
> 
> Under Mr. Gelb's leadership the Met, which has had a reputation for mountin=
> g conservative, traditional productions, has increasingly turned to more ex=
> perimental international directors, including Willy Decker and Patrice Ch=
> =C3=A9reau, whose posthumous production of Strauss' "Elektra" was a highlig=
> ht last season.=20
> 
> 
> Mr. Gelb said that he still wanted to bring daring directors to the Met in =
> the coming years, and said that he had been in talks with Ivo van Hove and =
> Barrie Kosky about future productions. "It's not as if we have suddenly dec=
> ided that we are not going to be gambling with new directors who are at the=
> cutting edge of theatrical excitement," he said.=20
> 
> Instead of the "Forza," the Met will give four concert performances of Verd=
> i's Requiem featuring its orchestra and chorus conducted by Mr. Levine, and=
> with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and =
> Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. It will be performed=20
> 
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