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Subject: Re: Overheard at the Met
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:46 -0400

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At a sold out run of "Barbiere"in Washington with a young Ruth Ann Swenson & Richard Croft) 
a woman in the row in front of me chattered away incessantly to her seatmate until the 
overture.  A moment into it she blurted "Oh, I know this ... I love this song! . . . oh oh oh . . . 
what IS the name of it? . . . " and so on.  

Finally, I leaned forward and loudly whispered, "It's the Overture to the Barber of Seville." 

She turned around, silent for a moment before loudly proclaiming "No. No, that's not it," 
provoking the first laughs of the evening.

* * * * 

At the intermission of a revival of "Trittico" at City Opera, I stepped out onto the balcony for 
some air. and spied an ancient, hard-boiled crone of a woman, chain smoking and reminiscing 
about Sills' only performance in these operas.  In a raspy baritone she said, "last time I saw 
this was back in '66 with Sills.  She had a F____n meltdown right there onstage, I tell ya. 


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