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Subject: Re: Booing at the Met
From: Jay & Ralph <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jay & Ralph <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:51:46 -0400
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Nothing is learned, no information is gained
without negative feedback.
It is uncommon and therefore not vulgar.

J

----- 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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