Operatic Schadenfreude

I can’t get enough of the news about all of the mishaps at the Met these past weeks.

The Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” cannot make it through a performance without turmoil.

For the second straight performance, the opera was interrupted in mid-act, this time because of scenery.

The part of the raked set Gary Lehman was stretched out on came loose at the start of the third act Tuesday night, and the tenor slid into the prompter’s box, Met spokesman Brent Ness said.

The opera was stopped while Lehman was examined by a doctor, who cleared him to continue. The performance then resumed.


And in case you haven’t been following, this happened only days after a sick Deborah Voigt bolted off the stage mid-act.

This certainly seems like a trend lately, but Robin Pogrebin makes a point that this is nothing new to the opera world.

And thanks to Alex Ross for this fantastic commentary:

When you think of how many things could go wrong in the course of an average evening of opera—a mighty dungeon wall might totter to one side, a spear-toting extra might step on a diva’s ten-foot train, trombones of fate might bleat out of tune—you have to be a little amazed that the Metropolitan Opera and other leading houses so routinely rise to a level of dull excellence.


~ by ohactually on March 23, 2008.

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