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Subject: Re: Met Broadcasts We Wish We Had
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:51:23 -0500
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Don asks about paying for a short opera. The upcoming season in Dallas is
doing a performance of Korngold's 45 minute opera Der Ring des Polykrates
with his violin concerto. A few years ago they did an opera about Mt.
Everest and one scene from La Wally. For me none of it was interesting.
Gordon

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 8:42 PM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I can't recall any performance by the NY Philharmonic of DON JUAN
> that excited me as much as Bohm's with the Met Orchestra.
>
> If anyone was ever worried about whether or not Strauss and Puccini
> would turn out to be acceptable "bedfellows", all they had to do was
> stay away.   I feel slightly cheated by paying full price for a short
> evening.
>
> I think the case could be made for presenting the best acts of  two
> different operas on some occasions.  I remember a wonderful James
> Levine pairing of DIE WALKUERE ACT ONE and PARSIFAL ACT
> TWO, in concert, with Rysanek and Hoffmann.  Even better, for my
> money, would be a fully staged WALKUERE ACT ONE followed by
> DIE MEISTERSINGER ACT THREE. Not for "newbies" maybe, but
> I bet there are enough experienced opera-goers around to make that
> combination a sellout.
>
> dtmk
>
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 6:16 PM, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Yes, the new production of Salome conducted by Boehm was preceded by
> >
> > Don Juan.  The Times critic reported that The Met should leave Don Juan
> >
> > to the N Y Phil because the Met orchestra was not capable of doing it
> > justice.
> >
> >
> > Angelo from Boston
> >
> >
> > >
> > >     On September 11, 2017 at 12:35 PM Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]
> >
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >     All true enough, but I do think that there are other combinations
> > >     that are at least as perverse.
> > >
> > >     Elektra and Salome were presented with Gianni Schicchi
> > >     as a matter of course at the Met over many years.
> > >
> > >     It takes a very "special" mind to dream up stuff like that.
> > >
> > >     Birgit Nilsson's first Met Salome with Karl Bohm was preceded
> > >     by Don Juan. I think that's been done a lot in recent times. Smart!
> > >
> > >     Bob
> > >
> > >     On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 12:18 Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >         > >
> > > >         Paul Padillo wrote:
> > > >
> > > >         "As was the custom, shorter works like Salome, Elektra, etc.,
> > frequently
> > > >         got “tagged on”
> > > >         performances of other shorter works; in this season’s case,
> > Elektra was
> > > >         partnered with
> > > >         Menotti’s charming “Amelia Goes to the Ball.”
> > > >
> > > >         Bizarre as that may seem to us, the reason the Met did that
> > was because of
> > > >         the contract with
> > > >         its concessionaire, which required at least one intermission
> > during a
> > > >         performance (during
> > > >         which patrons could partake of the concessionaire's wares).
> > This was the
> > > >         reason Bodanzky in
> > > >         1937 cut "Rheingold" in two and inserted an intermission.
> > > >
> > > >         One wonders why the Met did not seek out a new concessionaire
> > who would
> > > >         not require such
> > > >         vandalism and bizzarie.
> > > >
> > > >         MDW
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