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Doug
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posted 28 April 2004 01:09 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is kind of amusing.

Apparently, you have to APPLY for the privilege of being able to buy tickets to the Canadian Opera Company's production of Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen operas.

http://www.ringcycle.ca/tickets/tickets.htm


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 28 April 2004 07:39 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Opera isn't always elitist, and not elitist everywhere. I've heard of Italian bricklayers who sing Puccini at work.
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jeff house
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posted 28 April 2004 08:52 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Opera isn't elitist. Think of the aria in Don Giovanni, "Non voglio piu servir"!

But it IS elitist to be selling admissions to a series of entertainment events for $2500.00 as these guys are.

Remind me not to support any tax grants for this group; they aren't interested in the general public.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 28 April 2004 08:57 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In more égalitarian cultures, schoolkids sing:

"Torreador
Ton cul n'est pas en or.
Ni en argent
Ni en fer blanc".


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neeuqdrazil
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posted 28 April 2004 11:56 PM      Profile for neeuqdrazil   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I must admit that I'm a bit biased on this point.

The idea, as I understand it, is to give everyone a chance to see The Ring (given the expense of putting on 16 hours of opera within a 6 day period.) Yes, the tickets are expensive, but the least expensive tickets are about $300, which is quite cheap, compared to, say, going to see a musical.

It's not actually 'applying', so much as putting your name in a lottery.


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Michelle
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posted 29 April 2004 01:11 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good God. I love opera, but I don't know if I could handle the entire Ring Cycle.

I am tentatively with neeuqdrazil on this one - it sucks that the tickets cost so much, but I doubt they're profiteering here. Most opera companies and musical organizations barely recover costs for their productions, and it's a hugely long opera happening over a period of days.

What I would like to see is for cultural stuff like this funded a lot more so that they don't have to recover so much of their costs through ticket prices.

[ 29 April 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Mandos
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posted 29 April 2004 02:35 AM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I adore opera, and I would so go for this if I could guarantee I would be there on the performance dates. But I can't. Too sad. Yes, I am willing to sit through a long performance of the Ring cycle, if it is done really, really well. For those prices, I expect it to be.

At the National Arts Centre, I pay $10 on the night of any opera performance, and get whatever is the best leftover seat. Once I got seat A1--front and centre, peering over the orchestra pit. I should have brought hunks of meat to throw to the musicians It's a sweet deal.

The university I'm now moving to has reasonably regular opera performances for even less.


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