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Subject: Re: Zeffirelli (was Re: Worst staging nominations)
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:51:24 +0000
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I think the Met’s current Traviata production (Drecker’s) bites it. First
time I after attending many performances of this opera  and was unable to
develop any sympathy for any character. I was hoping they would all start
coughing and expire with Violeta.

Drecker’s staging treats

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 3:33 PM Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Roger Brunyate wrote:
>
> "But what were once fresh and interesting productions, benefiting from his
> incredible sense
> of period and eye for detail, have become fossilized museum pieces."
>
> My objection to Later Zeffirelli was not that his productions were "museum
> pieces" - nothing
> wrong with that, if the production is a good one, and in these times a
> museum piece new
> production might be a real novelty.  Productions like his "Falstaff,"
> "Cav/Pag" or "Otello"
> would be particularly welcome today, and his "Boheme" and "Turandot" are
> still magnificent.
> Although as the NYT critic wrote when the latter premiered, it had "all
> the emotional impact
> of a night at the Ice Capades."  But then, I think "Turandot" is a rather
> empty work anyway,
> although very effective when performed well, so I think Zeff's
> over-the-top glitz works for
> the opera.
>
> The problem with Zeffirelli's later productions at the Met was that they
> were ponderous and
> empty excess without any real drama.  The later "Carmen," Traviata," and
> "Don Giovanni,"
> were all examples of this.  And the "Tosca" really started the problem,
> with that pointless,
> showy elevator scene change in Act III.
>
> But - it must be acknowledged that even when bloated with excess,
> Zeffirelli's productions
> usually guaranteed a full house, which was very important for the
> company's bottom line.
>
> MDW
>
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