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Subject: Re: Lease favorite non-operatic work.
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:01:43 -0500

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Gordon Young wrote:

"It was in the mid-70s when the Dallas Opera performed Carmina Burana on a
double bill with Tabarro. Of course Tabarro for some of us was the main
draw as it was one of the opera Dallas did with Magda Olivero. The Burana
was attempting to be very avant-garde taking video of the audience arriving
and mingling before the opera."

A good friend of mine (now dead) who worked at the Dallas Civic Opera in its glory years told 
me about that 1970 "Carmina Burana" production.  She said it was an example of how, on the 
rare occasions when DCO general director Larry Kelley got something wrong, he REALLY got it 
wrong.  (John Ardoin said the same thing in an interview.  "Kelley had his occasional failures, 
of course, but they were spectacular failures, MONUMENTAL failures!")  The idea behind the 
"production" was to have it be a kind of 1960s "love-in" with all the chorus members "doing 
their own thing."  The director told the chorus they could each do whatever they wanted.  She 
remembers him saying, "If you want to masturbate, that's fine with me."  (She didn't think 
that actually happened on stage.)  The goal was to have a chaotic background for the 
dancers.  She thought it was all pretty awful but said that the audience was entertained.


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