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Subject: Tristan und Isolde MET 1953
From: Michael Scarola <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Scarola <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:27:32 -0400
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Just to clarify some of the events during the March 21, 1953 Tristan und Isolde broadcast and 
the interruption at the start of Act 2. While I can only assume that Rudolf Bing devised the 
interruption, it was actually Milton Cross who made the announcement.

A little less than 2 minutes into the Prelude to Act 2, the Orchestra abruptly stopped playing. 
There was a few seconds of silence at which point Mr Cross started the announcement with the 
words "Something has happened. The Orchestra has stopped playing!" At the conclusion of the 
appeal, Maestro Stiedry began the second act again from the beginning.

From the Met archives:
This was probably the only performance of the Metropolitan Opera to be interrupted 
intentionally. The break came during the opening of Act II when the orchestra stopped playing 
and Milton Cross, the Commentator, broadcast to the audience and radio listeners an appeal 
for contributions. There were hisses, boos, laughter, and mock applause in the auditorium and 
angry telephone calls.

Mike

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