Is the MET in trouble?

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Is the MET in trouble?

Postby Jimlejim » 11 Mar 2016, 17:54

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Re: Is the MET in trouble?

Postby Pantenor » 16 Mar 2016, 23:44

The MET has been in trouble for a long time. The US should invest more in culture, like countries in Europe do.

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Re: Is the MET in trouble?

Postby Geoff » 17 Mar 2016, 01:18

Well quite honestly whether the Met is in trouble or not, I don't know. It should be in trouble if the recent production of Rigoletto, set in Las Vegas, is anything to go by. Do these clever-dick directors who come up with these crazy productions have any idea about what they are doing ? To start with, Verdi (remember him ? the bloke who wrote the thing in the first place ? ) was a man of the theatre. This was of course before the days of radio, television, in short - the theatre ruled. Verdi knew a thing or two about that and it still applies today, with the addition that theatrical production in terms of lighting, staging etc., has improved enormously, so why not use it ? Keep productions in the period that the composer intended with the addition of modern technology where the composer would have approved. To hell with Las Vegas, the 21st century and all that. Think! What do the audience expect ? That way, surely the principals and the supporting cast would be comfortable and give their best to the benefit of the paying audience.
well that's my view, for what it's worth.


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