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Subject: Re: The Met Must Go Further - Re: Met to perform Sunday matinees begining in 2019-2020
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:55:20 +0200
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Here’s an idea: go all-out Broadway and replace the orchestra with a percussionist, a synthesizer, 1 trumpet and a string bass. Use the extra space to add additional seats for people not to buy.

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> On Sep 15, 2018, at 8:07 AM, RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Be careful. You could dislocate your shoulder if you try too hard to pat yourself on the back.
> 
> I remember your getting slammed many times on Opera-L but cannot ever remember that it was for suggesting Sunday matinee performances. As to your other suggestions, selling hot buttered popcorn in the lobby would be of equal value.
> 
> More seriously, given the Gordian Knot of union contracts that had to be modified, Gelb should be given credit -- not heaped with scorn -- for the achievement.
> 
> RG
> 
>> On September 14, 2018 at 8:10 PM James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Do I get to write "I TOLD YOU SO?" I got slammed so many times on the Opera-L for
>> making the suggestion. So many wags wrote "It Will Never Happen".
>> 
>> They should also add Wednesday matinees as well, but that's hardly going to fix their woes.
>> They need to open up their repertory to new works by commercially successful living
>> theater composers people care about. Composers like Sondheim, Miranda, Tesori, Pasek and
>> Paul, etc, etc and stop wasting time and money on academic operas that are already on the
>> road to oblivion before their first note is sung.
>> 
>> If the Met would program works that actually appeal to younger audiences then they will
>> finally be able to experience what Tommasini wrote about when the New York Philharmonic
>> played a movie score by Jonny Greenwood:
>> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/arts/music/there-will-be-blood-new-york-
>> philharmonic-review.html
>> 
>> Ideally they would get out of the ginormous auditorium into a space that is around 2500
>> seats so that what happens on their stage will have real impact theatrically. But that's not
>> going to happen and I realize I am wasting my time on the notion that they will ever move
>> into modern times in a significant way.
>> 
>> Sorry Mr. Gelb, it's going to take more than adding Sunday matinees to stop the bleeding...
>> 
>> James Camner
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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