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  1. George Weinberg-Harter
    March 29, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    Very good, Welton. I too was quoting Louis Quatorze from the git-go. Also made me think of Brunnhilde riding into her funeral pyre as she brings Valhalla down around her. Give Campbell the dignity his own Viking funeral if he wants it – but spare the opera company!

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  2. KMW
    March 29, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    Thank you very much. According to the Reader, the vote to close the opera was not on the agenda and many board members were not present. Shameful.

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  3. William Smith
    March 29, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    I agree overall with your conclusion. I think your characterization of “proven classics” for “well-heeled donors” is slightly off base. I ‘m sure most attending are not “well-heeled.” Yes, the programming was slightly conservative, but when even the slightly modern has been attempted; e.g, Peter Grimes, Of Mice and Men, attendance was disastrously low. Next year an edgy Don Giovanni from Berlin was planned as well as Nixon in China. I hope some of that season can survive. BTW, even if something is a “proven classic,” if you attend only locally, you are not going to see it all that often.

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