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Subject: Re: The Wilson "Lohengrin" was Met Broadcasts We Wish We NEVER Had
From: "Ms. Voigt's Broadcast Isolde" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ms. Voigt's Broadcast Isolde
Date:Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:29 -0400
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I read somewhere Ben Heppner saying that his vocal troubles began after he
was forced into unnatural singing positions by this production.  (And di
Stefano once claimed his were caused by allergies to carpets in hotel rooms.)

David Kubiak



On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:14:50 +0000, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I loved it and found it even more riveting when Mattila
>replaced Voigt.
>
>If anyone cares, there is a long defense of it in the archives
>at the time I first saw it.
>
>Deborah Polaski did not sing Ortrud very well but the visual aspects
>of her portrayal were extraordinary. It was a WOW!
>
>There were details that I did not understand, but overall, I found it
>really fascinating and quite literate!  I believe I gave one of my
>comments, the subject, "A river does not have to run through it"
>or something very close.
>
>Bob
>
>On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 07:44 Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> A horror and embarrassment of a production to the name of Wagner:
>>
>> "Coma
>> by Alex Ross
>> The New Yorker, March 30, 1998.
>>
>> A remarkable sound came from the audience during a recent curtain call at
>> the Metropolitan Opera. To call it booing doesn’t do it justice: this was a
>> penetrating moan, a wailing of mostly male Wagnerites in spiritual pain. It
>> descended on Robert Wilson, the director of a new production
>> of “Lohengrin,” as he took a bow with the visibly shell-shocked
singers who
>> had moon-walked and baby-stepped across the stage all evening, in
>> accordance with his designs. "
>>
>> Such a total disgrace, particularly to anyone who had never seen the opera
>> and came away with expressions of "what-just-happened?" on their faces.
>>
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