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Subject: Re: Booing at the Met
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:19:51 -0500
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Love the audience in Parma. If the singer is off the audience will take up the singing and do it correctly. They always boo bad singers and productions. It's anyone's right.

Patrick Byrne

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> On Oct 27, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I have been attending opera at the Met and all over the world since my
> first in 1964.  I have seen many truly crappy productions, bad
> performances, instances where the singes should have stayed home or found a
> different profession.  I have pretty high standards but I have never booed
> - nor would I ever.  I know what goes on to get an opera on stage and what
> singers go through to train and prepare their roles.  Let the booers get
> off their fat asses and do better.  Vulgar.
> 
> Donald
> 
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:57 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> recall a rather vociferous booing at the prima of Mary Zimmermans
>> “Sonnambula”
>> production.  I remember quite a few list members taking Margaret Juntwait,
>> (may she rest
>> in peace) and Will Berger to task for waiting so long (literally less than
>> about 30 seconds) to
>> acknowledge that not everyone in the house was pleased with what they saw.
>> 
>> The Bondy "Tosca" (which I enjoyed) had some of the loudest booing I can
>> recall hearing
>> from the Met.  I remember at the HD presentation an elderly gentleman
>> saying how much
>> he enjoyed seeing it, but “my goodness gracious, from that audience
>> reaction the other
>> night, you would’ve thought they had set it on Mars.”
>> 
>> After several successes in other roles, Alexandra de Shorties, unwisely
>> (but at the urging of
>> the Maestro) took on Konstanze in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" and
>> while the last
>> strains of "Martern aller Arten" were still echoing, one lone voice began
>> booing, cackling at
>> her rattling the artist to the point friends told me she was visibly
>> shaken and it affected the
>> rest of her performance.
>> 
>> The most recent booing incident I can recall was during the prima of the
>> new
>> "Rosenkavalier" this season.  I was listening on Sirius and was STUNNED by
>> the sound of
>> what seemed to be an angry mob!
>> 
>> The most unsettling booing I can recall was at the Met prima of Glass’
>> "Satyagraha."  The
>> long evening held many, like me, enthralled and transported.  As the voice
>> of Richard Croft
>> and the orchestra faded off from some of the most gently beautiful final
>> bars in all of opera,
>> a group, who’d clearly waited all night for this moment began screaming
>> “BOOOOOO!” at
>> the top of their lungs.  The effect was was jarring and I, and several
>> thousand others who
>> hadn't even begun applauding were all taken by surprise.   It didn't ruin
>> the evening - it
>> couldn't - but it did jolt us all out of the effect Glass and the Company
>> had taken hours to
>> achieve.  Shame on those dolts!
>> 
>> p.
>> 
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