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Going to the Met? Going to the tombs

Our indefatigable Met watchers,¬†Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes, have been to see Aida. Shawn’s father used to sing in it, so he knows the work pretty well. But while the singing was good, everything else seemed to be falling to pieces.

Is there a manager in the house?

Read their report here.


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  1. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Love the headline.

    “The Tombs is the colloquial name for the Manhattan Detention Complex[1] (formerly the Bernard B. Kerik Complex[2]), a jail in Lower Manhattan at 125 White Street, as well as the popular name of a series of preceding downtown jails, the first of which was built in 1838 in the Egyptian Revival style of architecture.[1]” (Wikipedia)

    Only a New Yorker would appreciate the subtlety. (Or am I giving too much credit?).

    • Mr. Fitzpatrick- Marvelous, just marvelous. Alas poor Kerik, thankfully i didn’t know him well, or at all. He is currently a resident of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan on Park Row. (Wikipedia again) That’s a more modern facility where a machine gun and tank Aida, instead of the elephant and spear version might be produced.

  2. Petros Linardos says:

    Norman, you seem to have some favorite targets of criticism. Peter Gelb is one of them.

    I am sure you can find (and have found in the past) better arguments than the interesting and personal report you just shared. She liked the performance and the sets. Good! Isn’t that what we go to an opera performance for? I’d take any day a good performance in a crumbling building over a mediocre performance in a pristine one.

    Let me ask a question that interests me a lot: how is the Met Young Artist Development program doing?

  3. Emil Archambault says:

    Shawn E. Milnes–>would that father baritone singing Aida at the Met be Sherrill Milnes?

    And she didn’t say everything was falling to pieces. She liked the production and the “musical experience” was fantastic, she said. So what’s wrong?

    As for the building, you might have missed in your favourite New York Times that the MET is embarking on a 60 million renovation project over the next five years. All the stage machinery will be replaced, and “roof repairs are included”.

  4. Wisner Washam says:

    “Aida” in HD was beautiful to my eye and ear. But the AMC Theatre on West 42nd Street is a disaster and an embarrassment. (1) The lobby was so dark, one could hardly see the end of one’s nose. (2) Having reserved tickets on line via Fandango, we found all the automatic kiosks in the lobby inoperative. After this delay, we joined the line to finally get our tickets from only two cashiers. (3) The elevator to the fifth floor auditorium arrived totally blacked out; no one was brave enough to enter the pitch dark, so the doors closed automatically (4) The escalators going up took great patience and much walking to transfer on each floor. (5) At the end of the performance, the only escalator going down (three LONG flights) was out of order. For many of the elderly audience this meant that the only means of escape was the elevator. (6) The line to the elevator was at least seventy-people long. One elevator finally arrived and was almost instantly filled up (7) A second elevator arrived, nearly filled with garbage cans and cleaning equipment; the janitor took pity and allowed another load of passengers to jam into the already crowded space. Does the NYC Fire Department know about this fire trap?

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