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Subject: Re: Giving art a "fair chance"
From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:56:00 -0500

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You can be who you are, Dennis. A lot of people of a certain age have apparently 
stopped going to the opera around the world. The Paris Opera, for instance, just 
announced that their average audience age is 47. Lyon, with far more adventurous 
opera productions, reached that number about 10 years ago and I am sure it is still 
dropping. But total attendance numbers are good which means that the opera 
companies really didn't need the Dennis Ryans of the world to survive and prosper. 
Opera has changed and modernized everywhere and younger audiences are 
Maybe New York (or maybe American) audiences for the arts are shrinking. The 
Metropolitan Museum of Art just cancelled the opening of a new 600 million dollar 
wing. Does the new administration herald a new Renaissance for the arts? I 
somehow doubt it. 
Frank Cadenhead

On Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:53:13 -0500, Dennis Ryan <[log in to unmask]> 
>Hi, Y'all!
>    I wanted SO MUCH to like Kathy's recent post.   She says so much in it
>that I have always wanted to believe.
>    But alas, the truth is:  one of the  greatest myths ever perpetrated
>upon opera lovers is the notion that one must  SEE and HEAR a production in
>the house before making any judgments.
>    In simple fact, I have NEVER (I mean NEVER, at no  time and of no
>production or performance) seen a regie production that I truly  liked.  So it's
>like hitting myself over the head with a hammer,  Kathy:  am I morally
>obligated to wait for the next hammer blow in  order to determine, fairly and
>objectively, that I hated it?
>    So I say to every opera house in the world:   put on regie trash if you
>want to.  But do not expect an "annual donation"  from me.  And, when your
>production finally reaches the stage, whether I  have seen it or not, do not
>expect that my seat will be paid for, much less  filled.  And if I am being
>unfair to great art, and if I am not giving a  "promising artist" a chance:
> TOUGH TOE NAILS.  I will certainly not  spend the next 20 years
>bad-mouthing a production in which I had not  enough interest to see in the first
>place.  But I will also gladly  share my reasons for not having been interested.
>    Best,
>    Dennis Ryan
>From: Kathy Boyce
>Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:36 PM
>To:  [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: No Met Forza - No Radvanosky
>I  tried not to respond, I really did. But it amazes me that people who
>know  nothing think they have all the answers.  People have seen photos
>and  know they would hate the production.  They see a name of a director
>and  know they would hate the production.  Have you ever actually seen
>the  production?
>They assume there is more to it because Gelb couldn't  possibly be
>telling the truth!  There is always more to it, and why do  you think you
>have a right to know all that goes into making a decision. It  boggles
>the mind.  Sure there are some regie productions I haven't  liked.  But I
>made that decision after seeing the production, or at  least a video of
>the whole thing. I'm struggling right now with the stream of  a Macbeth
>from Latvia, which seems bizarre to me, but I intend to watch the  rest
>before I decide it has no redeeming qualities.
>I have also seen  traditional productions I didn't like.  And I bet
>others have too.   And I can't imagine seeing the same old production 15
>or 20 times just  because I like who is singing.  But then, many of these
>same people  don't think there are any singers worth hearing who are
>still alive.
>I  think it is wonderful we have choices.  And we can decide to go or  not
>to go.  But I don't know why that gives us the right to decide for  other
>Kathy Boyce
>New  Hampshire
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