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Subject: Re: Booing at the Met
From: Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:20:04 -0400
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I remember at the Palm Beach Opera, they always booed the antagonist.  They
considered it cute, no matter if the singer had done an outstanding job.

On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 8:08 AM, Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > I don't boo. I would rather simply not applaud.
>
> In such cases, wouldn't it be grand if most of the audience shared your
> opinion? I mean, the 'silent treatment' could be a very effective
> statement; decidedly 'faint praise'. Alas, it's never going to happen
> because in any given audience nowadays it seems that there is a sizeable
> component who are desperately keen to instantly jump to their feet in
> exuberation at the end of even a mediocre performance.
>
> I think the right of a dissatisfied patron who feels compelled to boo is
> certainly no less than that of these clowns who regardless of quality
> just have to give the standing ovation (thereby blocking the view of the
> curtain call to everyone seated behind them -- unless, of course, we
> also stand, &c., vicious circle).
>
> Premature applause, before the last strains of the music have died out?
> I don't like that either but a lot of times the staging invites it on
> itself exactly by starting to close the curtain too soon. When the
> singing/music stops, there should be a blackout first, then the curtain
> moves.
>
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