I’ve decided to try and blog every day from Dec. 11 – 22, which is the exact length of the Menu for Hope fundraiser. My prize code is EU15.
Here’s five other cool prizes for the Menu for Hope today:
- A Kitchenaid Mixer from Megnut
- A photo studio box from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Autographed books by Anthony Bourdain from Cha Xiu Bao
- Dinner at Delfina in SF by Confessions of a Restaurant Whore
- A pasta machine from Bon Appegeek [US/Canada only]
In short, the lead tenor was booed. And he walked off the stage.
In the middle of the performance.
His understudy stepped in to “save” the day in jeans and without the gilded costume of his “superior” – you can see what happened here.
The woman in the video says it correctly: “What a way to ruin your career!” Of course, no one expects anyone to boo at La Scala, and they try to smooth over things a bit by saying these people were sitting in the “common” section, and I guess therefore with “common” manners. There are often references in Italy about “commoners” and being a “common” person versus the “bourgeois” so this isn’t as base a description as you might think.
But I guess we can also say, the commoners were expecting a level of quality that they felt wasn’t met.
I’m not sure how the rest of the song went, but that little clip wasn’t that impressive. Not sure it merited a boo, however.
The tenor in question, Roberto Alagna, walked off – talk about a temper! I advise you to cover the right-hand portion of your screen when going to view his Wikipedia profile – the picture is heinous and a nod to 80s big hair rock. Talk about fusion of music genres.
His understudy, Antonello Palombi, doesn’t have a Wikipedia profile yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
So, two people have been thrust into the spotlight, as well as La Scala. They really can’t lose – they get a double set of publicity after the opening, and all they have to do is promise not to work with that tenor again to pacify their public.
Wake up my sleepy readers…..who’s right? The public? The artist? Who’s booed at a theatrical performance? Who’s walked off stage? Tempers are part of art? So is public opinion?
Note: My blogger account hasn’t been upgraded to Beta so I’ve been unable to comment on yours if it’s Beta. Boo Google!