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Subject: Re: Albert Innaurato 1947-2017
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:55:30 +0000

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I am also saddened by Albert's death--a great loss to those of us who 
love opera. I may have learned more about opera from him than from any 
other writer; for that I was willing to tolerate his invective. He may 
have been the most overly sensitive person I have ever known, but that 
is perhaps not surprising for one who viewed life through opera.

I would add that his theatrical work was tremendous, especially his 
early plays Benno Blimpie and Gemini. Gemini was a huge hit (ironically, 
the Times's obituary of Albert called it one of the longest running 
"straight plays" on Broadway); it appeared at a time when it was 
unusual--even risky--to address sexual identity in a mainstream work. It 
was also hilarious; I still smile when I think of the older woman at the 
meal saying, "I'll just pick."

In his review of Gemini, Mel Gussow wrote, "Mr. Innaurato has a tendency 
toward overstatement, but to reprimand him for that is almost like 
scolding Kafka for writing about cockroaches. It comes with the 

------ Original Message ------
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 9/28/2017 9:21:39 AM
Subject: Re: Albert Innaurato 1947-2017

>I join others in expressing genuine sadness at the loss of a great 
>musical mind who had a
>true gift for words and used them as few are able.  I always enjoyed 
>reading Albert’s
>comments and early on let him know of my fandom for his work.  This 
>began a joyous,
>beguiling correspondence that went on for years, and included 
>invitations from him, which I
>was never able to take advantage of, which ultimately would lead to 
>some self-deprecating
>humor on his part about his weight and appearance.  It always upset me 
>and sometimes
>broke my heart.
>Unfortunately over time it ended bitterly with an increasing acrimony 
>that I should have
>better understood, but took too personally.  I don’t write this to 
>belittle or demean the man,
>but there was a troubled soul there that cannot be ignored no matter 
>how funny or brilliant
>he was.  Ultimately, I made the decision to stop communicating as, for 
>several years, his
>correspondence was, to put it mildly, vicious and I refused to take the 
>Several years ago I discovered he still occasionally would read my blog 
>or other internet
>rantings, and comment to mutual friends his regret and expressed some 
>admiration for my
>outlook on life and music and then posted it on Facebook.  One of them 
>sent the post (he
>had banned me from his page).   You could have knocked me over with the 
>feather.  Touched and flattered, I thought I’d eventually break out the 
>olive branch, but
>time, who steals so much from us, slipped on and here we are today, 
>mourning yet another
>passing that came too soon.
>There is no denying Albert’s genius, and though he may not have always 
>seemed happy,
>even at his acerbic worst, he entertained, taught and selflessly shared 
>a wealth of
>knowledge that is, or should be, the envy of anyone who professes to 
>love the arts.
>Rest in peace, dear Albert.

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