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Subject: Re: Met's Gold Curtain
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:51:46 -0400
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The logical conclusion must be that these same directors advocate the
renovation of the entire opera house in conformity with each of their new
"designs".

It was Richard Wagner who demanded that at Bayreuth any sense
of being in an opera house should be obliterated, and his theatre was
designed to eliminate all the traditonal trappings of an opera house,
especially tiers of boxes, or seating that might limit a full view of the
stage.  How ironic to examine the photographs taken during his lifetime
that show that stage with its curtain draped, just as you describe, at the
edge of every scene!

dtmk

On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 1:15 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> One point that doesn't seem to have been mentioned yet in this round is
> that the gold curtain doesn't open fully behind the proscenium. It's there
> at the edges of the scene throughout the show, saying "you are sitting in
> an opera house." This, in addition to design considerations, is probably
> what leads directors not to use it.
>
>
> --scott
>
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