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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000526.txt from 2004/10

From: "Matthew Lloyd" <matthew@-----.uk>
Subj: RE: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned - and counting pit clarinettists to keep thread on topic.
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 18:33:39 -0400

Fifty Dollars!

If only we had wasted that little.........

Matthew

-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia A. Smith [mailto:arlyss1@-----.net]
Sent: 19 October 2004 22:47
To: klarinet@-----.org
Subject: Re: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned - and counting
pitclarinettists to keep thread on topic.

Matthew Lloyd wrote:

>I don't know whether anyone else has seen the Don Giovanni at the
>English National Opera, but the first scene starts with a Renault being
driven on stage and ends with Don Giovanni taking (in any and all
senses) Donna Anna over the bonnet.
>
>... Why do some opera designers have to try and be clever, and only
prove that they are not fit to work in an opera house?
>
>
Matthew, thanks for the warning on THIS! Not that there's any danger of

it being put on in Washington DC any time soon. But, then again, you
never know.

That's something that has always perplexed me as well: why ruin
something that is fine the way it is by trying to turn it into affected
quasi-pop trash? I mean, all we need to do to see what you describe is
turn on MTV at any time of the day or night; no need to get a $50.00
opera ticket for it.

Patricia Smith

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