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Subject: Re: Albert Innaurato 1947-2017
From: John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:34:54 -0500
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Happy Landings Albert!   RIP

       John Irving

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> On Sep 28, 2017, at 8:55 AM, Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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 territory."
> 
> 
> 
> ------ 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 bait.
>> 
>> 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 proverbial
>> 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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