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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000580.txt from 2004/10

From: "Noel Taylor" <r.n.taylor@-----.uk>
Subj: RE: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned - and counting pit clarinettists to keep thread on topic.
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:32:23 -0400

You should have gone for one of the 10 Pound tickets, Mathew - a third the
price of a football (sorry, soccer) match.

Actually, I'd rather like to see this production. I was very struck
listening to a radio review of it that your reaction wasn't universal,
although I have certainly read many comments that matched yours. Some of the
productions I've enjoyed most have had many members of the audience
complaining or walking out, so I often take it as a kind of contrary
recommendation when someone so vehemently dislikes something. Stupid, I
know.

Noel

From: Matthew Lloyd [mailto:matthew@-----.uk]
Sent: 19 October 2004 23:32
To: klarinet@-----.org
Subject: RE: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned - and counting pit
clarinettists to keep thread on topic.

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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