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Subject: Re: arte.tv videocast of La Scala opener covers up booing
From: RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:42:41 -0500
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UNLESS YOU WANT A FUSS SCALE WAR ON YOUR HANDS YOU WILL STOP INSULTING COLLEGE GLEE CLUBS.  WHAT NEXT -- INSULTING PREP SCHOOL GLEE CLUBS AS WELL?

Fuming in Boston.
Ray Gouin
Prepster

:)

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> On December 11, 2017 at 8:32 PM David H Spence <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> Except for somebody having posted a separate track on youtube to indicate there was 
> booing during the curtain calls, we all would have never known.  Arte.tv cuts to some 
> dumb-ass social dilettante emceeing the conclusion of the evening, indicating to us how 
> wonderfully she thought the whole evening had gone, when it had been instead really a 
> crashing bore.  Should La Scala want to lower its standards to where they are right now at 
> the Met (with their cannibalized Magic Flute on the air last Saturday), they still should not 
> be allowed to do so.  Their orchestra still plays sublimely well and Chailly, beyond a few 
> errors in judgment, including who got hired to stage and sing this Andrea Chenier, its 
> principal parts, is the right man for the job.  
> 
> Yusif Eyvazov deserved at least as much trouble for his recent Vienna Trovatore.  It was 
> also badly staged, but picked up a couple of good reviews due to having the last name of 
> Abbado tied to it.  Both the current Andrea Chenier and Vienna Trovatore sank at times to 
> the level of a college glee club production of either work - and with the lighting of the 
> Trovatore the most hyper and uncertain as to what to do as I have witnessed anywhere.  As 
> an aside, I wondered why no booing for Netrebko, Terfel, and producer (Robert Carsen) for 
> the Don Giovanni that opened La Scala's season six years ago.  Netrebko as Donna Anna 
> sounded consistently sour and out of tune the whole evening and this was her debut with 
> the company.
> 
> Arte.tv does a disservice to its subscribers by engaging in such a cover-up as I've run 
> across this evening.  With there being very low attendance for all'opera events in the city in 
> which I live, I've already telephoned their cinema affiliate here to request the Chenier not 
> be shown towards instead favoring the Don Pasquale that is still upcoming (also to be 
> conducted by Chailly) and several other presentations out of the six that are available from 
> mostly Rome Opera and La Scala.  A senior musician I ran into today spoke of Andrea 
> Chenier as being boring unless you have three great singers for it - which La Scala does not 
> have, even in part.  As an aside, Carsen's Rosenkavalier, replica in a way of his lousy 
> Salzburg production of this on dvd, got booed on its opening night from the Met last spring.
> Thanks for hearing me out.
> 
> David H Spoence
> 
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