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Subject: Re: On behalf of Stefan Zucker
From: Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:07:07 -0400
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There was a Met production of Flying Dutchman that assumed that everything was Senta’s dream. At the end of the performance I saw, everyone was booing except me, who was cheering — talk about being in the minority! I thought it made perfect sense and smacked of Carl Jung.

Michael J. McPherson
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> On Oct 26, 2017, at 4:45 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> There was booing when a topless female dancer appeared onstage in the "Las
> Vegas" production of RIGOLETTO four years ago. I heard it on the prima
> broadcast. A couple of weeks or so later, I was in the house and there was
> no booing at that point but, probably even worse for this poor dancer, a
> very loud laughter from the audience. I felt bad for her because she must
> have felt embarrassed for people were laughing at her, but I must say that
> it was indeed at odds with the spirit of the opera and their reaction was
> spontaneous. I believe this idea of having a topless pole dancer has been
> dropped from the production by now.
> 
> Vesna
> 
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 3:07 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> Except that it was much longer than 25 years ago, which was the delimiter
>> of the original request There are many examples of booing prior to 1992,
>> including a boo fest for Franco Bonisolli aftera truly disgraceful "Pira"
>> in 1990.
>> 
>> And D'Angelo in Rigoletto in 1968
>> and Erede in Tosca in (I think) 1975
>> and Leonie as Desdemona in 1964 and, and, and.....
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 14:48 David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> Scotto was booed all right -- you can here her quite unbelievably bad
>>> 'Casta
>>> Diva' cabaletta and the ensuing audience reaction on YouTube.
>>> 
>>> David Kubiak
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:59:42 -0500, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> If I'm not mistaken, Renata Scotto was given a very bitter and hostile
>>> reception on the evening of opening Norma in 1981 ---------- so bad that
>>> she
>>> abandoned the role and never (I believe) went near it again.
>>>> 
>>>>    But I have to go with Idia on this.  The guy who tossed the ashes
>>> into
>>> the pit .............. is lucky that he didn't spend a year at Riker's
>>> Island.  What could that poor soul have been thinking?????????????  And
>> in
>>> THIS day and age????????
>>>> 
>>>>> On October 26, 2017 at 11:03 AM Idia Legray wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>>    Really?
>>>>>    Well, Stefan luv, I was up close when the audience was truly cruel
>>> to
>>>>>    Domingo who was the conductor of a Netrebko/Villazon "La Boheme".
>>>>>    They booed him but good! Very uncomfortable feeling.
>>>>>    Another disruption that actually became viral, were certain
>>> "planned"
>>>>>    audience members put there to destroy the opening night of "Death
>> of
>>>>>    Klinghoffer".
>>>>>    But the coup was the evening that, during intermission, a
>> dedicated
>>>>>    operagoer innocently sprinkled what looked like talcum powder into
>>> the pit
>>>>>    all over instruments etc. (it actually was his lover's cremated
>>> ashes), and
>>>>>    cleared the place out before the last act of "Guillaume Tell".
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