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Subject: Re: 10/22 MET NORMA
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:49:31 -0400

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Maybe you'd like a red sofa and a clock instead? ;-)

(Let's see - the kids could hide behind the sofa, while the piece of furniture itself 
somehow represents the sexual world of Pollione and his fetish for Druid priestesses. The 
clock represents Norma's realization that the time is running out on keeping the secrets 
about Pollione and the young'ens. Ha. Instant regie, no forest needed. Oh, and of course 
the sofa would catch on fire at the end.)

Call me a traditionalist, but I think it's always nice to see a set that bears *some* 
semblance to the actual setting - as much as is practical, of course. So yes, if the setting 
is a forest, I think we should see something that gives us the sense of a forest. For god's 
sake, why not? Especially on a stage as big as the Met?

(Of course, yes, being too literal is totally possible. It took opera director Francesca 
Zambello and her design associates to come up with the terribly laughable decisions for 
Broadway's "The Little Mermaid" - rendering the world of the swimming sea creatures by 
having them wear wheeled "heely" sneakers and doing lots of "aquatic ballet" arm 
gestures. It stunk, to put it mildly. A sofa and clock might have worked better, lol.)

On Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:23:34 -0400, Matt Carver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>The sets are dark and boring.  Sure it's set in the forest but do we need to really see a 

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