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Subject: Re: Opera Newzzzzzzzz
From: Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:21:03 -0500
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Who _is_ reading Opera News then? Are most new opera fans more attracted by 
glamour than by singing? Is that the impression people here get from talking 
to younger audience members?

-----Original Message----- 
From: Peggy Houdek
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 7:42 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Opera Newzzzzzzzz

I first subscribed to Opera News when I was about ten years old. Way back 
then, it was a small weekly during broadcast season. I loved it and 
subscribed for many years. When I moved two years ago, I had boxes and boxes 
to throw away.  But sometime before that, I had realized what you all have — 
just nothing to read, so I stopped subscribing.  I missed it, but missed 
what it used to be, not what it had become. A few months ago, I saw an offer 
online for a digital subscription for about $25. So, thought I’d give it a 
try.  It took several emails for them to explain how to get on the internet 
site and, oh yes, they told me I ha a print subscription too. So far, I’ve 
received only one issue, and it was dull.  Don’t know it’s worth calling to 
see where my other
issues are!

Peggy

(,,,)^..^(,,)

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 6:38 PM, DK Conn <[log in to unmask]> 
> wrote:
>
> ..."the service it provides has become increasingly non-essential."
>
> I know this is a Met-centric list, but one might almost say that of the 
> Met
> itself, with its sadly dull programming and too-often timid productions.
>
> For those of us not based in NYC, the attractive alternative (for roughly
> the same expense) is to travel elsewhere to see new or rarely performed
> operas, interesting productions, and (if going overseas) singers who don't
> (or haven't yet) sung in the US.
>
> As for the current brainless "fashion magazine" incarnation of Opera News,
> that is a major reason why I quit the Met guild.
>
> DK
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:58:56 -0500, Stephen Charitan 
> <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I've been subscribing to Opera News since 1971...over the last few years 
>> it
>> has become like the gas or electric bill  - something that comes in the
>> mail with a degree of regularity - unlike the gas or electric bill the
>> service it provides has become increasingly non-essential.
>>
>> Take the current issue as a case in point.  The MET is doing a rare 
>> Rossini
>> masterpiece for the first time in 25 years - "Semiramide."  Not one 
>> article
>> to address this outside of a cast list for the coming broadcast / movie
>> cast.  What we get instead  is a multi-page bubble brained fashion shoot 
>> of
>> Nebs in miscellaneous couture and coifs.  I am very close to getting out 
>> a
>> black magic marker adding glasses and moustache to turn her into Groucho
>> Netrebko.  I will then send it back to "editor" Paul Driscoll canceling 
>> my
>> subscription....
>>
>> Vergogna!
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