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Subject: Re: Parsifal: Met Saturday Matinee
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:58:08 -0500

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I thank Mr. Kane for his respect on my take on things musically, but have to wonder how he 
could interpret my words:

"I enjoyed/loved the old, storybook GŁnther Schneider-Siemssen as well . . . and took a lot 
of heat here [on this list] and elsewhere for loving it.  But there is something about this 
production that takes all of Parsifal's emotional/spiritual connections and lays them bare as 
I've never before encountered - and the effect is overwhelming."

as an insult writing how I 

"dismiss(ed) the traditional staging that preceded this,as a "story book" view, is insulting to 
those who designed it, to those who enjoyed it, and to the composer, who might, at least, 
have recognized it."

Even Rene Pape who starred in the Schenck/Schneider-Siemssen - and spoke highly of it, 
referred to the production as "fairy tale."  When did "storybook" and "fairy tale" become 
insults?  They are apt descriptions of a certain style , a traditional style, which I happen to 
still enjoy, and when done beautifully, love more than "regietheater."  Still, liking one style - 
at least for some - does not preclude liking more than one.  

I'm sorry he (and others) could not get past what they found hideous, to the point of being 
incapable of being moved by (in my opinion) the most beautiful score in operatic literature. 
 Thousands of others did not find it so, it's a matter of preference, though those who protest 
it seemingly keep insisting those of us moved by it are somehow "wrong."  


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