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Subject: How to settle the score regarding Met Tosca productions
From: David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David H Spence <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 3 Jan 2018 01:08:24 -0500

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The argument over whether the Luc Bondy production was too off-base, radical or not has 
grown really too silly, with in its place a stodgy new production by David McVicar, though I 
haven't seen much of it yet.

What the  Met needs, moreover what the world needs is a Tosca that would make the Bondy 
production look too conservative by comparison.  Why for instance did Peter Gelb and the Met 
feel they needed to further kitsch up a few scenes in it, with particularly in mind the opening 
of Act Two?   One has to think too of the neo-fascist government in Washington DC that has 
orange hair.  Perhaps there ought, by the same token, to be prostitutes on stage for the first 
30 minutes of Act Two.  

I would not stop at our getting a David Alden production, except David, one of the two 'evil 
twins' that he is and I love him for it, were to come up with an idea comparable to the 
Macbeth he offered both Houston Grand Opera and Chicago a few years back.  So, let us have 
it be David Alden for sure, should Peter Konwitschny not be available - or we could have both 
of them compete with each other as to who can come up with the best radical re-think of the 
'du grand guignol' shabby little shocker, as it always has been AND ALWAYS SHOULD BE - not 
to bore people to death.

David H Spence

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