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Subject: Re: Booing at the Met
From: Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:21:03 -0400
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Agreed. There are to be some sort of board that overlooks opera presentations and disallows such foolishness. I would gladly serve  a term or two.   
----- Original Message -----
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:10:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Booing at the Met

What is done in other operas "all the time" (???), is irrelevant; the
discordant close of MADAMA BUTTERFLY is unique, and to hear
it as an opportunity to insert one last directorial piece of business
is insensitive.  It would sound as though the person responsible had
not been listening to the wealth of sweet and ravishing commentary
Puccini's orchestra had supplied for the past two hours, finally
stating, in its own incomparable fashion, the true nature of what has
transpired.

dtmk




On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 11:26 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I disagree completely. This isn't about adding characters that aren't
> meant to be in the
> scene, such as that odd choice in Lucia - it's simply about taking clues
> from the music and
> making use of them visually. As is done naturally in many other moments in
> operas all
> the time.
>
>
>
> On Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:31:52 -0400, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >"That is exactly the kind of thinking that can destroy a composer's
> perfectly
> >placed musical inspiration.  What Puccini is saying in the most powerful
> >and ironic way, is that there is nothing more to say.  Any action on stage
> >while that excruciating chord is sounded would reduce it to a cheap shot
> out
> >of a third class "film noir".
> >
> >dtmk"
> >
> >It isn't often that I am on the same page as dtmk but this time I totally
> >agree with him.
> >
> >It brings back unpleasant memories of Lucia's ghost coming back from the
> >dead to hand "poor weakling Edgardo" a knife to stab himself with.
> >How Donizetti must have been writhing in his tomb over THAT one!
> >
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