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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000545.txt from 2004/10

From: "Matthew Lloyd" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:25:50 -0400

Thanks Patricia, you've summed up what I was trying to say very well.
And more concisely too!


-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia A. Smith []
Sent: 20 October 2004 11:50
Subject: Re: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned

Matthew Lloyd wrote:

>I can't accept this. The reason for the way the production is done in a
certain way shouldn't need to be explained.
><snipped for space>
>I have nothing against modern production - indeed I am taking my wife
to see the current modern dress Cosi at Covent Garden on Saturday as it
is superb (I saw it a couple of weeks ago). What I don't accept is
>productions that display no sympathy, empathy or even knowledge of the
opera itself.
>Would you put a bit of beat to the Mozart Clarinet Concerto if it would
make it more hip with the youngsters? If not, why do the same (or at
least an analogous adaptation) to one of his operas.
I must agree with Matthew here. The point I feel he was making, and
that I concur with is that it is one thing to adapt staging and setting
of a work in which the timeless heart is intact. It is something else
entirely when that work is presented in such a way that it is obvious
that those presenting the work have no concept of the heart of the work
at all.

Certain "adaptations" come off as gratuitous and tacky, no matter when
they occur.

Patricia Smith

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