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Subject: Re: Kaufmann and other European artists
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:55:35 -0500
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Why worry?  We'll always have the Russians.

On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Kathy Crandall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Really two separate issues
>
> Remember that Kaufmann has had serious physical difficulties, including a
> tumor on his
> chest.  While I agree he should not accept commitments he is unlikely to
> follow through
> on, it must be awfully difficult for someone with his stature in the
> operatic community as
> well as his gorgeous instrument to fully believe how careful he must be
> with his voice.  I
> hope that this latest round of cancellations will help him and his agent
> to figure out how
> much he can test his voice.  My closest example would be that of a writer
> with a arthritic
> wrist.  How much could she write before she has to shut down for a week or
> a month.
> And how hard must it be to have to refuse commitments.  There must be so
> much he
> wants to do and how hard it is to be cognizant of his limitations.  Isn't
> that a bit what we
> go through as we get older and can't do physically what we used to do
> without thinking?
>
> As for other out of USA artist and scientists, there is not only the issue
> of whether there
> is a personal distaste for the current administration there is the
> practical issue of visas
> and whether the individual will be refused at the airport or sent back
> once they arrive
> here.  For heaven's sake, Muhammad Ali's son, American born with American
> passport
> was detained for hours at the airport returning from Jamaica with his
> family.  Surely, this
> must make European singers wary - especially if they are being offered
> nice jobs in
> Europe.  I spoke recently with a Canadian singer.  She had a 30 day visa
> and had to leave
> the country and reenter in order to continue her role with San Francisco
> Opera.  At least
> no border problems - this time.  But how silly was that?  And that was
> PRE-Trump.
>
> But can we really expect a regular customs officer to recognize Pretty
> Yende or Anna
> Netrebko, and pass them through quickly? AND really, if you are an
> internationally
> recognized artist or scientist and you are to be subjected to hours of
> detention at customs
> - or "extreme vetting" about your background, wouldn't you be likely to
> have other
> options available to you than what you would need to do to get into the
> US?  And then,
> what if your research involved something other than what is acceptable to
> the Christian
> fringe?  Stem cells?  Evolutionary biology?  Climate change?  I don't keep
> regular track of
> what the "alt right" and the Christian fringe object to, but I suspect I
> would be looking at
> it if I were a European considering a job offer in the US.  As per Bob
> Dylan, "things they
> are achanging" folks.
>
> We may all have to pick up our canes and march somewhere, if only to say,
> "Don't mess
> with my opera!"
>
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