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  •  Well, good singers often do have ... (2+ / 0-)

    something interesting to say. But neither the time nor the place is conducive to eliciting it.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 05:35:02 AM PST

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    •  The MET shouldn't ask them (4+ / 0-)

      to break character.  And don't forget, some of the signers might not be fully comfortable in English.  Anyway, during the performance, they're not going to do something fun like slam the director (not that he deserved it in this case -- the forest scene in particular was lovely).  

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 05:50:14 AM PST

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      •  Well, the language barrier hasn't seemed ... (2+ / 0-)

        to be much of an issue. But I agree with you. It's not a time to get into a reflective discussion of the work and the loss in terms of breaking character is just not worth what you get in insight.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 05:57:58 AM PST

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        •  I'd think that some of the singers.... (0+ / 0-)

          ....have been warned beforehand that they'll be doing the mini-chats, so it's not as though they're going in "cold".  Some do take to it more than others, to be sure.  But it's all in the spirit of "outreach", or something like that.  Banal, but necessary.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 07:17:45 PM PST

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    •  They often have good things to say (2+ / 0-)
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      I love to listen to them talk about their roles and their work and the perks/downside of the job...but not, I hold, right when they've walked off the stage.

      •  agree that they're not always profound. However.. (1+ / 0-)
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        ...what's good about the interviews is that it humanizes the singers for people who may be trying out opera for the 1st or 2nd time, to show that they're not "above it all" or snobbish (or "cultural elitist"), i.e. for newcomers and not regulars.  So I'm willing to put up with that, and I'm sure the singers being interviewed understand that.  The people with the smartest comments are often those who have done the hosting, like Susan Graham and Renee Fleming, so they've been on both sides of the microphone.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 07:10:18 PM PST

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