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Subject: Re: Correction: The Seattle Tristan and Forbidden Questions
From: Hlf Footz <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 10 Aug 1998 11:37:26 EDT
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Enzo:
There is a big difference between the average Broadway theater goer or the
average casual attendee at the Met and the passionate maniacs who list on this
and other boards that deal with opera. Other than some idolators of specific
singers, I have found these people to be very hard to please, highly
knowledgeable and well versed in the history of singing. The Wagnerites are
especially devout in their feelings about good performances of their deified
one's work. They are not people who hire a baby sitter, go out to a fancy meal
before the Opera and then with their $450 invested in the evening, feel that
to say that they did not enjoy what they have seen is to admit that they have
been taken for a ride. These are folks who have traveled thousands of miles,
spent their vacation time, and large sums of money, in pursuit of the very
elusive moment of joy that comes with a thrilling performance. To think of
such people, those to whom you write,  as people who can be talked into liking
something because of their investment of time and money, is to take a very dim
view of mankind. These are people who are searching for a "moment of truth".
Don't presume that they are fools, especially when their reactions have been
so overwhelmingly positive. They are the elite of opera -goers, and their
thoughts on a performance are special and should be treated as such.

Murray

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