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Subject: Re: My friend's review of the nutcase
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:29:24 -0400

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Appreciation of artificial stimulation and arbitrary titillation often 
passes for good taste today.  Perhaps it is a response to the constant 
engagement with the addictive nature of the internet/gaming/email/phones or 
to some of the more outlandish and brutalist (I just made up a word!)cable 
TV shows but it seems the effects of an immediate-gratification society has 
made itself felt on both the concert stage and in the opera houses.

Many operas (not all!) have enough inherent drama to carry the story without 
ill-conceived re-rendering and enough dynamic music to drive that story 
without stunts but directors know that they get more press if they take a 
production too far:  many in the audience need more--they need surprise or 
puzzlement or titillation or outright sexual interaction or needless 
violence or those often ridiculous videos projections on the rear of the 
stage to jolt the audience.  It's bizarre but also true that the more 'out 
there' the production, the more over-the-top the performance, the more press 
a production receives--and press is everything.

Is there any reason to believe that hyper-active performers (director or 
personality driven) aren't going to become more of a norm in the future just 
as hyper-produced operas have already become something of the norm today?

-----Original Message----- 
From: Charles Handelman
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:39 AM
To: [log in to unmask] ; SUBSCRIBE OPERA-L Anna Scott
Subject: Re: My friend's review of the nutcase

People have no taste...The audience for Grigolo was like  the American Idol
people......   Look..anyone who sings a 7 sec.B at the end of Manon is
already headed for the nuthouse........ Sad...Hope he gets some
therapy...but do not hold your breath..My m,ost respected friend is always
open to a lot...but in this case..he is 1000% right.....

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